The Virtue Of Individualism

by David J. Stewart | July 2019

Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest
forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. ”

       The ruthless Russian dictator Vladimir Lenin made a startling statement, saying the the very core of fascist power is the elimination of individuality. ...

“Our power does not know liberty or justice. It is established on the destruction of the individual will.” —Russian communist dictator, Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924)

Here is another disturbing quote from George Brock Chisholm (1896-1971), first head of the World Health Organization (WHO)...

“To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.”
—George Brock Chisholm, in a Speech given at the, Conference on Education, Asilomar, California, September 11, 1954

Scary, huh? Please understand that individualism is not the same thing as freedom. You can be entirely free and yet not be whom God intended for you to be as an individual. Anytime that you merely go along with the crowd, you are not being an individual. I don't want to go along with the crowd, because the crowd is almost always wrong!

I really love the preacher Elijah. The old boy just didn't follow the program! 1st Kings 18:22, “Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal's prophets are four hundred and fifty men.” Here's this one troublesome guy—a fly in the ointment, a monkey wrench in the gears, raining on the parade of the 450 ecumenical prophets of Baal. I love this guy, because he reminds me of myself. God's man is always a troublemaker for the Devil! Elijah was the Pastor Steven Anderson in Israel. King Ahab even called Elijah a TROUBLEMAKER!!! 1st Kings 18:17, “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?I've been wrongly called a “TROUBLEMAKER” by local apostate Baptist churches on Guam! Yep, and Elijah was a troublemaker too, bless God! Amen!

The apostle Paul was a troublemaker as well. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” Anytime you tell the truth, someone is going to accuse you of causing trouble! Acts 16:19-21, “And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.” Gotta love Bible-preaching fundamentalist preachers! Being a fundamentalist preacher or Christian is the very essence of true individuality!

Don't forget what ungodly reprobates' Vladimir Lenin and George Brock Chisholm said about individualism—it is the foundation of freedom and liberty—so if INDIVIDUALISM can be destroyed, then so can your liberty and freedom!!!

Oh dear reader, I could park here all day on this important topic! Think about what I am saying. All of the corrupt churches today have lost their INDIVIDUALISM, going along with the ungodly Bible corrupting movement, lacking the spinal backbone to resist the trend of the day to sinfully compromise. They lack the INDIVIDUALITY to take a stand for God, by upholding truth and exposing the deceptions of the Devil. Kindly, Bob Jones University (BJU) has lost their INDIVIDUALISM. BJU and their weak-kneed graduates have no backbone to stand as individuals for the inspiration of God's Words, so instead they bow their knee to Baal, embracing hundreds of English Bible versions!

Doesn't something seem amiss to you dear friend, that literally HUNDREDS of English Bible versions have been published, all claiming to be “new” and “improved.” Are you really that dense (as are most pastors today in America) to believe that God has kept His promise to preserve His inspired Words in HUNDREDS of Bible versions? I feel sorry for you if you are that lacking of INDIVIDUALISM to think for yourself! I thank God for the inspired KING JAMES BIBLE! The apostate crowd are always A GROUP FOLLOWING ANOTHER GROUP! Truth stands alone! ONE BOOK stands alone! If you don't have a King James Bible—well good night friend, then go get one, so you'll have God's Words! The only inspired Words today are in the King James Bible!!!

God never calls a group, He calls AN INDIVIDUAL MAN! In every generation throughout the Scriptures, God never raised up a group of men to preach His Word to a certain group, He SENT ONE MAN! God sent ONE MAN to lead His people out of bondage in Egypt—MOSES THE PROPHET! God didn't send a committee to Nineveh to preach, He sent ONE MAN—JONAH THE PROPHET! During the days of the Judges, God sent ONE MAN—SAMSON THE DELIVERER! During the time of Saul, God sent ONE MAN—SAMUEL THE PROPHET! God uses INDIVIDUALS, not groups or committees! A group of individuals may form a committee, but it is the individual members that God uses. Dear reader, embrace your individuality! Think for yourself in accordance with God's Words. Proverbs 3:5-7,  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” The ONLY opinion that matters is God's opinion!!!

There are many Scripture passages that support the truth of INDIVIDUALISM (i.e., the quality of being an individual). Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” The broad way leads to Hell and destruction, and many thereby who go in thereat; but the narrow way leads unto life, and few there be that find it! The reason why is INDIVIDUALISM! Most people merely follow the crowd, but the crowd is nearly always wrong! The Devil's false prophets (e.g., Oprah Winfrey, Rick Warren and Billy Graham) all say that there are many paths to Heaven; but the Word of God proclaims that salvation is found only in ONE INDIVIDUAL—THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE SLAIN LAMB OF GOD!!! The Devil hates INDIVIDUALISM!!! The Devil wants to take away your individuality, just as communists' Vladimir Lenin and George Brock Chisholm said!

When I attended Hyles-Anderson College my first year in 1985, I used to often wear a solid designer black dress shirt with a square maroon necktie to class and chapel. I simply loved those colors! I wore black suede shoes and baggy dress pants. That is exactly what I had worn to church and Christian school each day all my teenage years. That is me! That is how I felt comfortable dressing. I sincerely didn't feel awkward that I was the only guy wearing a black shirt, out of 700 fellow preacher boys at Hyles-Anderson College (who were all wearing white shirts)! I was simply being myself—AN INDIVIDUAL. I remember one day before chapel that a fellow college student approached me, whom I didn't know, a young guy wearing a white shirt. He was visibly upset, and said to me with disdain in his voice: “You are a rebel! Why are you wearing a black shirt when all your brethren are wearing white shirts?” He was serious, and I didn't know what to tell him. My friend courageously spoke up and defended me, saying to him: “Be quiet, he can wear whatever he wants! It's what's in his heart that counts, not the color of his shirt!” I am thankful for my friend, for saying that.

You see, I have always enjoyed being the INDIVIDUAL whom God created me to be, and I like that about ME! I didn't want to look like everybody else at Bible college, I wanted to be different, unique, which is perfectly fine. I tell you, conformity is a dangerous thing (e.g. Jim Jones, Jehovah's Witness and Heaven's Gate cults)! The reason why most people tend to go along with whatever agenda is being promoted is simply because they feel uncomfortable straying from the herd. A lot of people are lazy-thinkers, indifferent, going along with others merely because it's the thing to do. I have learned to think objectively about everything, which is Biblical according to 1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” I have learned to question everything! That is why I reject the modern Bible perversions, which are based upon the corrupt 1881 Greek translation of Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort. That is why I reject the false gospel of Lordship Salvation, which is merely the heresy of Calvinism repackaged. Think dear reader! Use the brain that God gave you! BE AN INDIVIDUAL!

The essence of being an Independent Fundamental Baptist as a Christian is INDIVIDUALISM! That is why I am still a rejoicing INDEPENDENT fundamental Baptist after 52 years! I am being the INDIVIDUAL that God created me to be! The Bible says that God “KNEW” the prophet Jeremiah before he was even conceived in his mother's womb. I love that! My friend, God knew who you were before you were ever conceived BY GOD in your mother's womb! Carefully notice in Jeremiah 1:5 that it wasn't your mother and father who conceived you—BUT GOD ALONE! Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Only God can work the miracle of conception! God didn't just form Adam from the dust of the earth, He formed you and I also! God told Jeremiah: “I FORMED THEE”!! That is INDIVIDUALISM!!!

David J. Stewart playing steel guitar at Ypao Beach Park on Guam

ABOVE: Yours truly from 2008 at Ypao Park Guam.

There is a direct correlation between faith and individualism! In the world there are an estimated ONE BILLION Roman Catholics—all horribly deceived by the Devil, because they follow the ungodly pope and priest, instead of thinking for themselves as an INDIVIDUAL. God authored His Words to THE INDIVIDUAL, not to the group! We were born into the world as an INDIVIDUAL, and we will die as an INDIVIDUAL. Hebrews 9:27 teaches that each and every human being has an appointment with death! In Ezekiel 22:30, God didn't seek for a group or committee, HE SOUGHT FOR A MAN—AN INDIVIDUAL! Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

I love you dear web visitor with God's unconditional love. Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” I work night and day to reach people with the truth in cyberspace. You are my treasure in earthen vessels in whom I have invested my life for the past 17 years since 2002! There are many adversaries, but it is worth every moment spent laboring for Jesus Christ as a missionary to the internet. We are on the winning side in Christ Jesus! It won't be too long now! Look at this amazing passage of Scripture...

2nd Corinthians 4:5-10, “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”

Isn't that truth precious? The “earthen vessel” mentioned is simply our human body. The “treasure” is the new birth through faith in the 'GOOD NEWS' of Jesus Christ! The apostle Paul said: “We are troubled on every side,” yet the “LIFE OF JESUS” (the indwelling Holy Spirit) abides in us, Who comforts (John 15:26) and guides (John 16:13) and teaches us (John 14:26)! What a blessing to be a Christian!!! As born-again believers—we have the promise of eternal life (Titus 1:2), the presence of the blessed indwelling Holy Spirit (1st Corinthians 3:16-17), and the hope of all that God has promised to us in the Scriptures (Romans 8:32). What a Savior!

The ungodly world are so blind and foolish (2nd Corinthians 4:3-4). The heathen can rant, criticize and hate Jesus Christ all they want, but they will ultimately be the only losers! God is still on His throne. The victory has already been won through Jesus' precious blood. 1st Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Hollywood hates Jesus Christ, but they aren't hurting Christ, they're damning themselves! Our good God desires for ALL MEN to repent unto the Gospel and be saved (2nd Peter 3:9). 2nd Timothy 2:13, “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”

ABOVE PHOTO: Sunrise photo I took on July 1, 2019 at Asan Beach, Guam

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