Why The Train Wrecked
By David J. Stewart | March 2018
Galatians 1:8, “But
though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
I have been reading through an old classic book from my book collection, authored in 1945 by Pastor Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951) titled, “Illustrations Of Bible Truth.” On page 62, there is an illustration called, “WHY THE TRAIN WRECKED,” in which Dr. Ironside states...
“It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17:11).
Some years ago a fearful railroad wreck took a dreadful toll of life and limb in an eastern state. A train, loaded with young people returning home from school, was stalled on a suburban track because of what is known as a “hot-box.” The limited was soon due, but a flagman was sent back to warn the engineer in order to avert a read-end collision. Thinking all was well, the crowd laughed and chatted, while the train-hands worked on in fancied security. Suddenly the whistle of the limited was heard and and on came the heavy train and crashed into the local, with horrible effect.
The engineer of the limited saved his own life by jumping, and some days afterward was hailed into court to account for his part in the calamity. And now a curious discrepancy in his testimony occurred. He was asked, “Did you not see the flagman warning you to stop?”
He replied, “I saw him, but he waved a yellow flag, and I took it for granted all was well, and so went on, though slowing down.”
The flagman was called, “What flag did you wave?”
“A red flag, but he went by me like a shot.”
“Are you sure it was red?”
Both insisted on the correctness of their testimony, and it was demonstrated that neither was color-blind. Finally the man was asked to produce the flag itself as evidence. After some delay he was able to do so, and then the mystery was explained. It had been red, but it had been exposed to the weather so long that all the red was bleached out, and it was but a dirty yellow!
Oh, the lives eternally wrecked by the yellow gospels of the day—the bloodless theories of unregenerate men that send their hearers to their doom instead of stopping them on their downward road!
SOURCE: Pastor H.A. Ironside, “Illustrations Of BIBLE TRUTHS,” A VICTIM OF WRONG INFORMATION, pgs. 62-63; © 1945, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.
Beware of Dr. John MacArthur's Bloodless, Yellow Gospel
When I read Dr. Ironside warn about “the bloodless theories of unregenerate men,” I immediately thought about Dr. John MacArthur, who errantly claims that Jesus' blood is not sprinkled upon the heavenly Mercy Seat. According to Mr. MacArthur, Jesus' liquid blood flowed from His body into the ground at Calvary and stayed there! Mr. MacArthur, when called out for trodding under foot the blood of Jesus Christ as an unholy (common) thing, he deceitfully tried to save-face, by claiming that he has the utmost respect and faith in the blood of Christ, BUT only as it symbolically represents Jesus' death.
I tell you, kindly but confidently, that Mr. MacArthur is a wolf in sheep's clothing. The largest independent Baptist church on Guam, who employ several dozen Bob Jones graduates on their staff for their school and college, aggressively promote John MacArthur (and also Ray Comfort and Paul Washer). These three men are all unsaved reprobates, Calvinists, who add discipleship to sonship, perverting the simplicity that is in Christ (which is THE GOSPEL).
It's been suggested that, if you are not big enough to stand criticism, you are too small to be praised.
“People cannot be judged by what others say about them, but they can be judged by what they say about others.”
“The strength of a country is the strength of its religious convictions.” —Calvin Coolidge
“Any government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." —Gerald Ford
We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.
“Behind every successful man there is a wife with a hard-working husband.” —Curtis Hutson
To realize the worth of the anchor we need to feel the storm.
The rainbow of promise appears when the sunshine of God's love meets the showers of our sorrows.
“Eternity never grows older.” —Viola Walden
The cause, not the pain, makes the martyr.
Truth does not need defense—it only needs witnesses!
The difference between yesterday and tomorrow is today!
“Never fear to suffer; but, oh, fear to sin! If you must choose between them, prefer the greatest suffering to the smallest sin.” —Guthrie
“By yielding to temptation one may lose in a moment what took him a lifetime to gain.” —Viola Walden
“A day of worry is more exhaustive than a week of work.” —Viola Walden
Nehemiah 9:31, “Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.”
No affliction would trouble the child of God if he knew God's reason for sending it.
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” —George Bernard Shaw
“Some folks occasionally say, 'I'd die for Jesus!' He doesn't ask you to die for Him—He asks you to live for Him, and that's more difficult to do.” —Viola Walden
“The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.” —Albert Camus
John MacArthur preaches “ANOTHER GOSPEL.” His own words condemn him. On Mr. MacArthur's website, he plainly refutes the truth that Jesus had God's blood flowing in His veins. And I quote: “One pastor said to me, 'He had the blood of God.' ... It's heretical to call the blood of Jesus Christ the blood of God.” Please read Acts 20:27-28, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” The preceding Scripture passage plainly refers to God the Father, Who purchased the Church with HIS OWN BLOOD!
Why should this be so hard to accept? I mean, Jesus was born of a virgin woman (Matthew 1:23), who never had carnal knowledge with any man. So if Jesus did not have an earthly father, then He must have had God's blood in Him, since the Lord was miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit! Yes, Mr. MacArthur is correct that Jesus was 100% man, but He was also 100% God! The reason why Jesus was able to live His earthly life without ever sinning even one time, is only because He was God in the flesh, and did NOT have an earthly Father. For John MacArthur to deny that Jesus had the blood of God the Father is effectively to deny Jesus' deity!!!
Respectfully, Pastor John MacArthur further states concerning the blood:
“There are others who say that there's something magical in the blood, something in the blood itself that washes sin away, when the Scripture teaches it was the death of Christ that atoned for sin and He shed His literal blood in sacrificial evidence of the pouring out of His life for sin, but there was nothing magic about that blood itself that could wash sin. And so this heresy has begun to develop, strangely enough.”
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur; The Blood Of Christ, January 1987.
Kindly, Mr. MacArthur is a theological liar. In the preceding quote he says that it is Christ's DEATH, and not His BLOOD, that redeems us from God's Law and sin. But read for yourself what saith the Scripture:
Hebrews 9:11-12, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
1st John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”
In Mr. MacArthur's commentary on the Bible, which I have my own hard copy of, he comments for Hebrews 9:12 that Jesus' blood is merely representative, and is a reference, to His blood. THAT IS A LIE OF SATAN which Robert B. Thieme, William E. Vine and Merrill F. Unger all succumbed to. If God meant death, He would have said “death.” But He didn't, the Holy Bible says “BY HIS OWN BLOOD” He has “obtained eternal redemption for us.”
In MacArthur's same article “The Blood Of Christ,” he says that on Calvary Jesus “SPILLED” His blood. My friend, Jesus did NOT “spill” His blood, which implies it was an accident. Jesus shed His blood on the cross and He sprinkled it on the Mercy Seat in Heaven.
In the article MacArthur says he has no idea how Christ's blood has anything to do with believer's today. ...
“You say, "Well how can the blood of Christ who died nineteen hundred years ago have anything to do with me today?" I'll be really honest with you, I don't have the faintest idea...”
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur; The Blood Of Christ, January 1987.
Unbelievable! Folks, Jesus' precious blood is sprinkled upon the heavenly Mercy Seat, in the presence of God the Father (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24). When you and I sin, God the Father sees Christ's blood instead of our sins!!! THANK GOD FOR THE BLOOD!!!
I feel sorry for those young people who died in the needless train wreck, who had no idea that their lives were about to suddenly end! Our nation's churches are infected with the Lordship Salvation heresy. If your church uses, sells and /or supports the modern Alexandrian-based Bible versions, you are pulling on the same rope as the Devil. All of the modern Bible versions corrupt the biblical meaning of repentance. Instead, these evil perversions of God's Word claim that a person must change their heart and life to receive God's gift of eternal life. Beware of the modern Bible versions!!!!!!
John MacArthur summarizes his article by saying:
Well I hope all those excerpts from my past sermons have provided clarification where I stand on this issue is where the Bible stands. In summary, I believe that to speak of Christ's blood as it was shed on the cross is the same as referring to His death. They aren't two separate elements, as some people are trying to teach. The Bible just doesn't teach that. If they were, we'd be saying, "Christ's physical blood had some mystical saving quality to it that had to be added to His death." Thus saying His death was insufficient and His blood was insufficient. The sacrificial death of Christ was and always will be that which atones for sin.
SOURCE: Dr. John MacArthur; The Blood Of Christ, January 1987.
That is so wrong! The work of the Old Testament high priest was a prototype, a shadow, of things to come, of Christ's work as our heavenly High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16; Romans 8:34). If Christ's death on the cross were all that is required for our salvation, then He didn't need to raise up from the dead as our High Priest. Jesus died on the cross as our sacrificial Lamb, but He raised up as our heavenly High Priest!!! Jesus needed to be born of a virgin. He needed to live a perfect life without sin. He needed to die on the cross in our place. He needed to raise up from the dead. He needed to ascend into Heaven with the blood (John 20:17; Hebrews 9:24; 12:24). Dr. MacArthur is slick with his words, trying to make the issue one of diminishing the importance of Christ's vicarious (substitutionary) death on the cross, but no one ever said Christ's blood was more important than His death. The truth is that everything was leading up to the blood being sprinkled upon the heavenly Mercy Seat. This necessitated Jesus' virgin birth, because if the Lord had a human father then He would have also had a sin-nature, which means that He couldn't have been the spotless sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus is the Lamb of God, Who taketh away the sins of the whole world (John 1:29).
What expertise do today's pastors have? What makes me right? How do you know what I am telling you is the truth? Well, you need to investigate for yourself! “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES” as the Lord commanded us in John 5:39. In fact, Jesus said the very reason for searching the Scriptures is to “THINK YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.” John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” You cannot show me anything in the Holy Bible to support the heretical teachings of Calvinists, who ADD reformation (a changed life) to regeneration (being born-again). I say this all kindly. I do not condemn anyone for their difference of opinion. I respect the right of others to disagree with me, for that is what makes America great! Albeit, the Word of God very plainly teaches that salvation is only for the ungodly man with faith, who “worketh not” (Romans 4:5b).
Just as the train flagman waved a yellowed flag, worn by the sun and elements over time, so also has a century of corrupt theologians, corrupt Bible study aids and corrupt Bible colleges deteriorated the purity of God's Word and the clarity of the Gospel message!!! The biggest problem is apathy, but who cares, right? The average pastor today is a coward, indifferent toward the ongoing Bible issue debate, indifferent concerning the battle over the inspiration of the King James Bible, indifferent concerning the heresy of asking Jesus into one's heart to be saved, indifferent toward the truth in general. The average pastor (although many are too proud to admit it), merely approaches his profession in the clergy as just that... a career! A genuine man of God prioritizes preaching the truth over financial security.
There is a very good reason why John the Baptist lived off the land, had no mortgage, owned no earthly possessions and needed nothing from the people that he ministered to, which is so that John could rip their faces off, preaching the painful truth that most people dread hearing, and there was nothing they could do about it!!! You cannot fire a man who doesn't work for you! You cannot starve a man who eats locusts and wild honey for his sustenance! You cannot threatened a preacher who wears camel skins and needs nothing from anyone!!! To the same extent that a pastor is attached to this temporary world, he will sellout!!! “DON'T GET ADJUSTED” (an awesome MP3 sermon by Brother Lester Roloff, “You lose out when you get adjusted to living down here!”
Please watch this awesome video sermon by Pastor Ralph “Yankee” Arnold titled, Calvinism Destroyed With A Parable.” Every Christian leader and believer ought to be against Calvinism, which is a doctrine of devils. Calvinism is a powerful weapon of the Devil, which combines holy living with faith, perverting the Gospel truth. The gift of God is eternal life, which is without works.
So you see, WRONG INFORMATION is deadly!!!
My friend, it is no coincidence that John MacArthur teaches a corrupt Gospel of partial faith in Christ plus works, along with his denial of the power of the precious blood of Jesus. One affects the other. From the shed blood of the innocent animal slain by God to provide clothing for Adam and Eve in Genesis, to the robes of the saints washed in the blood of the Lamb in Revelation, the Holy Bible proclaims the necessity, redeeming power and theme of the blood of Jesus! The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus' blood sacrifice! The following passage of Scripture cannot be ignored, as Mr. MacArthur ignores. The Holy Bible plainly teaches that Jesus APPEARED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE FATHER ON OUR BEHALF...
Hebrews 9:21-26, “Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. ”
Clearly, Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven after His resurrection with the literal liquid blood that He shed on the cross, and appeared in the presence of God the Father in the Holy Place (Hebrews 9:12), to sprinkle that precious redeeming blood (Hebrews 12:24) on the Mercy Seat, to appease the Father's wrath (propitiation) against all them that believe the Gospel. Romans 3:25, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” Contrary to Dr. MacArthur's false teaching that God really means “death” when He says “blood,” you have read for yourself that the King James Bible speaks about THE BLOOD!!!
John MacArthur preaches “another spirit” and “another Gospel” (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4).
Beware of Misleading Yellow Gospels in the Churches Today!
Billions of people worldwide are being horribly misled by yellow-flag-waving preachers like John MacArthur, Ray Comfort and Paul Washer! Humbly, I am diligently doing my best, by God's grace, to expose the yellow gospels of our day. Many preachers think they are preaching the Gospel, but are in fact teaching a watered-down, weather-worn, ineffective, corrupted, works-based, yellow gospel that cannot produce the new birth.
Billions of people will one day spend eternity burning in the fires of Hell, because they died in their sins without the righteousness of God, which is solely by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” The Devil's greatest weapon is to con people into living the Christian life without ever being born-again. Kindly, when I hear Evangelist Paul Washer saying you cannot write the date, time and place that you were saved in back of your Bible, because your life must evidence your faith to be valid, then I know Paul is not saved. Paul predicates salvation upon a changed life, which is works for salvation. That is reformation, not regeneration!!! God saves a man, and then the Holy Spirit changes that man, not himself!!!
We've got a bunch of pansy's behind the pulpit today, who nonchalantly approach the theological soundness of the Scriptures. They are shallow, going along to get along with the most hideous of doctrinal perversion, supporting multiple conflicting Bible versions and gospels, which evidences their insincerity!!! God deliver us from Caspar Milquetoast preachers! I think one of the saddest commentaries of our time is the trend of pastors who are not preachers! Becoming a pastor is a profession, a mere job; but being a preacher is a noble calling from God, a cause! I would 10,000 times rather be a preacher than a pastor, and the man who cannot PREACH ought not ever step behind any pulpit!!! Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001) is right, “Preaching is truth set on fire!” We need a lot more fire in our churches today, because all I see are refrigeration units!!! The churches are beyond lukewarm, they are dead!!!
The Bible plainly teaches that eternal life is a “gift” from God. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Now, if I were to buy you a gift, and offer it to you on the condition that you improve your behavior in any way, it could not truly be a gift. It would be a reward, for your good behavior! If something is truly a gift, you can freely take it without obligation. So when any false preacher; such as, Paul Washer (who is a staunch Calvinist in doctrine), says that you cannot write your name, date, time and place in the back of your Bible that you were born-again, he is teaching an accursed false gospel (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4). That false prophet is predicating receiving the free gift of God upon reformation (or the intent to reform).
If eternal life (which includes the forgiveness of all our sins) is truly a free gift from God (and it most certainly is), then you can receive it instantly, confidently and without any obligation whatsoever, now or hereafter. You simply take a gift! Salvation is received, not achieved. Salvation is a take proposition, not a give proposition. Eternal life is the free gift of God, with which the heresy of Lordship Salvation is completely incompatible!!!
We Need to Pay Attention to the Details!
I cannot help but hold the flagman accountable in my thinking. He was not colorblind. He just got lazy! The once red flag clearly was faded out and no longer vivid red in its appearance. A train traveling at full speed makes it difficult for the engineer to see, let alone a faded flag. This type of carelessness is very common amongst the human race. Commercial jetliners have fallen out of the sky because one maintenance employee slacked off on his duties, or in many cases, it was simply an innocent oversight. Heaven only knows the horrifying consequences throughout history, which ensued because of the smallest job that didn't get done. Pastor Jack Hyles is so correct when he says, “The most important job is the one that doesn't get done!”
In the case of the preceding helpful illustration given by Dr. Ironside, a flagman didn't pay close enough attention to the details of his job. I couldn't think of a better and more applicable illustration, which describes the multitude of lackadaisical pastors and irresponsible churches today. Church and pastors today don't pay attention to the details of the Bibles they use and promote. They don't pay attention to the preachers they promote and follow. They don't pay attention to the clarity of the Gospel. The reason why is because THEY DON'T CARE!!! Their pastors and staff get paid either way. They enjoy attending their religious fun centers, which doesn't require being doctrinally sound, so who cares, right?
I'm talking about the shallow Bob Jones University crowd. I'm talking about the lukewarm Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. I'm talking about the corrupt Moody Bible Institute. I'm talking about the shallow First Baptist Church of Dallas and their modern Bible versions and Lordship Salvation! I'm talking about any Bible college or church that uses, sells and/or promotes the Devil's counterfeit Bible versions! We are at spiritual war ladies and gentleman, and it's lonely out here on the frontlines fighting fore God. “Where Were You During The Battle?” (MP3 by Dr. Jack Hyles; the sin of neutrality in the Work of God). It hurts when fellow Baptist disassociate with me, shunning me away for telling THE TRUTH! Ladies and gentleman, there is only one Gospel. That “Gospel” (i.e., Good News) is that Jesus is the Christ Who DIED on the cross for our sins, He was BURIED, and He bodily RESURRECTED from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). The only stipulation to believing the Gospel to be saved is that you realize your sinnership. That is, you need to know what you are being saved from, which is, from the curse of God's Law because of your sins.
It is easy to stand for truth when it doesn't cost you anything to do so, but it's a whole different story when there's a price to pay. I have been kicked out of churches, called a “cult” along with Dr. Jack Hyles, told I cannot attend church services, and mistreated by Baptists, simply because I told THE TRUTH that the modern Bible versions are corrupted by Satan.
I AM RIGHT about the King James Bible and the Gospel of free grace. I have been shunned away by pastors for giving hard-copies to them of the excellent book by Michael P. Bowen (a man whom I dearly love and admire for his testimony and book), “I NEVER KNEW YOU.” The apostle Paul was also greatly despised and hated for telling THE TRUTH. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.”
I have paid a price for taking a stand for THE TRUTH! I know the pain of being rejected by my church family at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, and banned from coming back simply to attend church. So I don't have a church to attend, but God knows I want too, but they won't let me, go figure! I am despised by HBC because I sincerely told THE TRUTH that Ray Comfort is a false teacher who is wrong on repentance. I didn't know at the time in 2013-2015 that they had invited Mr. Comfort to preach there long ago around 2007. Ray Comfort Hinders This Woman From Being Saved, By Pressuring Her To Stop Her Sinning!!! Ray Comfort is preaching ANOTHER GOSPEL!!! One of the associate pastors at HBC told me in 2015 that he thinks John MacArthur, Ray Comfort and Paul Washer are all men of God! I seriously question the salvation of any man who praises men who are corrupt concerning the Gospel. I say this all in a spirit of God's unconditional love, but also with a deep concern for the spiritual well-being of fellow Baptists.
Someone needs to speak up for God! Someone needs to make some noise as Malcom X said. Malcolm X was an unsaved reprobate, a Black Muslim, but he was correct that the way to be heard is to “MAKE SOME NOISE!” I want churches to stop supporting the Devil's counterfeit Bible versions. I want pastors to stop selectively caring about others. I want preachers to stop supporting a dozen different conflicting Bible perversions and use only the inspired King James Bible. It's okay to dream, right? I want churches to stop dabbling with two different plans of salvation, and teach only the Gospel of free grace by faith alone in Christ Jesus. I want churches to rid themselves of false prophets like Dr. John MacArthur, who errantly says, “There is no such thing as a childhood conversion.” I want churches to stop promoting Evangelist Paul Washer, who errantly says, “No, no, if you don't have works, you're going to Hell!” I want churches to start caring enough to pay attention to the details, and rid their tract display of any garbage literature requiring people to “turn away from your sinful ways” or “surrender your life to Christ” to be saved. These are NOT the Gospel!!!
So beware my friend, because most pastors and churches today are waving yellowed flags of a false gospel message, worn away by the apostate doctrinal decadence of our ear-ticklin', back-scratchin', penny-pinchin', soft-soapin', pink-tea-and-lemonade, pantywaist, cowardly, lukewarm generation. These are certainly perilous times in which we live today! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!!!
A GOOD SINNER (The grace of God is only for poor, vile, hell-deserving, no good, sinners!!!)
“Now you say,
'Brother Hyles, you make an issue.' You dead sure better know I'll make an
—BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3, Dr. Jack Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)
Souls Are Dying!
Precious Christian Testimonies
How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
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