Love Life versus World Love

One of the biggest challenges of the Christian Life is the struggle to “Love Life”  (I Peter 3:10-12) without falling into world love (I John 2:15-17).  The dominance of the Gospel of World Love in the SBC hampers progress on this loving of life but goes over the cliff on World Love.  It is impossible to seek after a Materialistic millennium kingdom without the development of a materialistic mind.  And you notice that the outstanding Scofield follower today, Dr. Jeffress of FBC Dallas, is a multi-millionaire with a net worth advertised to be 17 million, and who recently has built a cathedral like “campus” for a church building, a monument to himself like Adrian Rogers after taking over for Dr. Lee made Bellevue a huge monumental building to himself.  Let us begin this challenge with a look at Love of Life in I Peter 3:10-12 and the Pride of Life in I John 2:15-17).  At first thought it sounds like love of life and love of the world are the same thing; however life is the creation of God while the world (kosmos) was originally from God, but in the Garden of Eden, it was hijacked by sin, Satan, and selfishness.

                                I.  1 Peter 3:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV)

10 “For

‘He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him [a]refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’”

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 3:10 restrain

Immediately you notice 3 things, refraining the tongue from evil requires “restraint”—the Greek in the footnote—which the infamous 10 of the SBC Takeover did not do.  Their falsely called conservative resurgence was an excuse with the equally false claims of literal Bible, when in reality their lives and ministries were committed to Scofield theology from the Scofield notes with the key words of rapture, millennium, and dispensationalism not even found once in the Bible.  This was one of the greatest hoaxes committed in the history of Christianity, of SBC history, and distorted theology.  It can be easily proven for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear that:  (1)  most of those infamous 10 Presidents of the 10 year plan of Judge Pressler and Paige Patterson for Takeover were dedicated Scofield followers, like Charles Stanley, W.A. Criswell, and Adrian Rogers; and (2)  Scofield theology as found in the Scofield notes of the most used Bible of the SBC, the Scofield Reference Bible is in no way literal Bible, rather it is dedicated to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, for example World Love and the Pride of Life.

Second it is a quote from Psalm 34:12-16, and third in order to stay in context (something also the Scofield mites so bent on slicing up the Bible under the disguise of rightly dividing the truth refuse to do), we must see the reason of the quote demanded by the introductory word “FOR”, which is of course the verses before I Peter 3:10; and as we look at those what do you want to bet that we will find an equivalent warning to world love like I John 2:15-17.

Verses 8 and 9 of I Peter 3:

“Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be [b]courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

No matter how respected these 10 pastors of the Takeover had to be in order to be that popular (aside from the conspiracy and aggressive 10 year plan of Pressler and Patterson), the literal Bible facts remain that I Peter 3:8 and 9 can not be obeyed while slaughtering fellow Baptist and denominal leaders by taking away their career and reputations with false claims that they were the only literal ones, and in their hearts they had to know better.  They were out for survival of themselves, their Scofield Bibles, and their sermon notes, alias the seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.

1.  The infamous 10 were not “of one mind” with other southern Baptist leaders because they were dominated in their own minds by Scofield theology, other than being a legend in their own mind because they had replaced great men of God like Truett and Lee, therefore had to be great and right.  Hope you recall how that one Baptist historian found in a survey of SB seminary students that while 31% learned their eschatology (last things) in seminary, 41% learned their eschatology out of the Scofield Reference Bible notes.

NOTE:  Granted the book of Revelation, a prime on eschatology, has never been easy, and it is recalled how the preacher boys at Ouachita desperate for a sermon on eschatology would seek solace and solitude in the very accessible Scofield Reference Bible notes.  One good example of the infamous ten was Bailey Smith, a member of our Homiletics class at Ouachita, others were good guys like Richard Adams, a well-known evangelist and state senate chaplain before Ouachita, who said he would preach Payday Someday if it would save souls.

2.  The Ten had no compassion for their Christian brothers whose careers and reputations were smeared with the word moderate and the words non-literal.

3.  “Love as Brothers”; oh my what can you say here in the defense of the 10 that they were justified in the slaughter of pastors, teachers, and denomination careers if they were really in defense of the literal Bible of the faith once for all delivered to the saints; however since it can be easily proved from their own books and sermons that what they were defending was their Scofield Reference Bible notes.

4.  Not a one of those 10 can be proven to be tenderhearted in spite of their appearance of righteousness.  Remember Jesus said judge not by appearance but judge righteous judgment.

5.    “not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling”, Criswell for example forgot the Apostle Peter and the literal Bible teachings when he told Bill Moyer on TV just before the Takeover, “We are going to keep fighting until one side or the other wins.”  The big differences between the Truett and Lee replacements in the large and historic southern Baptist churches was they as Presidents followed the literal Bible in their hearts and minds, refusing in their service not to turn the other check and go the extra mile.  After all, even in the few exceptions of liberals and moderates, they were not the ungodly apostates of the book of Jude.  A good case can be made that the infamous 10 were such Apostates as they had committed themselves to the world love and pride of life with the seducing spirits and doctrines of devils of Scofield.  Scofield was a con artist and a scoundrel as well as being the pawn of Oxford Press for money and of Westcott and Hart at Oxford University, and certain Rabbi zealots.  He with the postulate of Christian Zionism, to allow Israel to rule the world again, came to the Bible with what is called isogesis, reading meaning into the Bible instead of out of it, and imposed on the Bible the false doctrines of rapture, millennium, and dispensationalism.  Of course, he did an unimaginable good job of that (one critical biographer of Scofield titles the book “The Amazing Scofield” and that is not out of admiration but rather out of the examination of his life story before New York lawyers cleaned up the story, not the life.

6.  Where would the SBC be today had those Ten followed the advice of Peter to be tenderhearted, courteous, and to be a blessing to Christian brothers with whom they disagreed?

7.  THERE IS NO WAY THIS FALSELY CALLED CONSERVATIVE RESURGENCE CAN LEGITIMATELY, ALTHOUGH GOOD PR FOR THOSE STILL IN CONTROL, BE CALLED A “BLESSING”.  Winfred Moore, labeled as a moderate by Charles Stanley in his win of the Presidency, who as pastor of the FBC Amarillo and my wife and I listened to numerous Sundays could be called a moderate or non literal on the Bible—yes the ten made hasty generalizations to further their own careers—who by the way warned the Convention that world evangelism would be diminished with the split into 3 denominations, and so it is!

How long did the infamous 10 live and how long did they see good days as compared to Dr. Lee and George W. Truett.  Well, Dr. Lee lived to be 91, preached 16 years more, the first retirement year preaching every day; George W. Truett lived 77 years; but look at the lives of Criswell and Rogers, Criswell did live 83 years but filled with controversy and reviling (once heard to lament about only a few conversions during those last years; and Adrian Rogers, always at war like the football player he was at Stetson in Florida, lived only 74 years.

II.  In our struggles with World Love with Pride of Life in order to have a long life and good days, can we get help from the IN CONTEXT of Psalm 34:12-16.

Out of Context is the major failure on their hermeneutics and homiletics of Scofield followers.  Instead of comparing Scripture with Scripture as the self-interpretative Bible tells us, they compare literal Bible with the literal notes of Scofield theology, are weighted in the balance and found wanting.

Psalms 34:12-16 reads very similar to the quote in I Peter, after all it is literal Bible in that it is a direct quote with adequate explanation and no-private interpretation by the Apostle Peter himself (unlike Scofield who was designated by the Rabbi Zealots, Peter was designated by Jesus and God the Father to render the only interpretations.

Psalm 34:12-16 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, 13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

And in context, before and after these 5 verses—

1.  Before Psalm 34:12.

Come, you children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who is the man who desires life,
And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil,
And your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.  (Psalm 34:11-14)

Immediately when we read of being taught the fear of the Lord, we think of in Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of the Lord in their eyes.

2.  After Psalm 34:14.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their cry.
16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
To [
c]cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as [
d]have a contrite spirit.”  (Psalm 34:15-18)

III.  To be scholarly, thorough, Scriptural, and literal we must compare the Scofield notes on these many previous quotes with literal Bible, and in reverse order.

1.  On Psalm 34.

     a.  The e Note on 34:7 about how the angel of the Lord encamps about those that fear him and the angel delivers them makes reference to Hebrews 1:4 note which in turn directs the reader in a Revelation 8 note that the angel of the seven angels is probably Christ.  First of all, there is no reason to take Revelation 8 or Psalm 34 out of context to consider the angels as anything less or more than angels, and Scofield gets an early start in the book of Psalms to read meaning into the book of Revelation to divert from the true meaning and non-private interpretation.

     b.  The h note of Psalm 34:22 where the Lord redeems the soul of his servants, none of them that trust the Lord shall be desolate directs the reader to 2 different OT notes from Exodus 14:30 and Isaiah 59:20 note to make sure that your reading from the OT up to this point in the OT has the proper flow of Scofield private interpretations:  (1) the note in Exodus 14:30 falsely misuses the word “Redemption” to apply in Rabbi like fashion to the salvation of Israel when in reality the word is never in the passage and the context is that God rescued them out bondage in Egypt, the Scofield theology in keeping with the contract for Zionism with Oxford always has a bias in salvation for the nation of Israel; (2) in Isaiah 59:20 where the Redeemer Christ comes to Zion and to turn transgression from Israel must somehow begin to turn the attention away from the first coming of Christ and the choice of the Rabbis which is at the rapture 1000 years.  It is slick and shrewd, sending us all over the place to direct toward that end.  Salvation for the Zealots of Jesus’ day and the Christian Zionist of today has always been, contrary to the clear teachings of Jesus, a material and powerful restoration of the nation of Israel to world power, and with the temple to which the whole world comes humbly.

This point of Redemption by God of the nation Israel of the private interpretations of Scofield versus the Redemption of literal Bible is critical, so the reader is referred back to a survey on actual Bible in an earlier blog and sermon, PTB 13a “That God the Father may be all in all”.—

IV.  From that message of Redemption in PTB 13a.

1.  The continuing trend of Isaiah 49:7.

      “The trend of Isaiah 49:7 continues 6 more times in Isaiah with more on the Redeemer, making it perfectly clear that it is “Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One”, God the Father talking and calling Himself the Redeemer of Israel and also speaking for “his Holy One”, the Lord Jesus Christ; sub-climaxing in the OT in Jeremiah 50:34.  Redeemer is not mentioned with that word in the NT as son of man and son of God take over, and with new revelations the Redeemer, praise God becomes that of the Redemption of salvation in (a) Luke 2:38 as the Prophetess that fasted day and night in the temple with all the other signs of the birth of salvation in Israel thanked God and gave witness to this redemption to others in the temple at the very instant the Prophet Simon blessed Mary for the birth of Jesus to come; (b) Jesus in Luke 21:28 and in the passage of another redemption at the Second Coming of Christ as they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory“—note that here with the words of Jesus we have Son of Man and redemption brought together; (c) in Romans 3:24 it is justified by faith and grace in “redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ”; (d) in Romans 8:23 the redemption of our bodies at the Second coming; (e) and then there is I Corinthians 1:20, again with the emphasis on God the Father as you “that are in Christ Jesus” are MADE many things in God—wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, hallelujah; (f) Ephesians 1:7 where we have redemption through his blood (the cross); (g) and Ephesians 1:14 where we are sealed with the Holy Spirt, our earnest assurance until full redemption of the purchased possession; (h) it is in Ephesians 4:30 the “day of redemption” by the sealing of the Holy Spirit with the warning not to grieve Him…”

2.  Christ rather delivers the kingdom to God the Father than to the nation of Israel.

NOTE:  Perhaps you are beginning to see that in the progressive revelation of the Bible we have to more that call it “a gradual revelation of God coming to an eternal climax in Christ; for the bottom line story is that AT THE END Christ will deliver the kingdom to God the Father in that God the Father might be ALL IN ALL.  This is one of the great mistakes and shortcomings of Scofield theology which is so busy striving to create a false millennium kingdom for the Israel of Zealots to rule the world again, but under King Jesus, forgetting about God the Father, that it leaves little space or time for the forever kingdom that the Lord Jesus Christ in the end delivers to God the Father.

 3.  The END and the Forever Kingdom.

“Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.  For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says, “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.”  (I Corinthians 15:24-28)

4.  Redeemer turns into Deliver in Isaiah 59, and the Bible quotes and explains Isaiah 59:20,21 in Romans 11:26 to keep us straight on Bible and the Scofield private interpretation.  The Summary is this as shown in our outline of the Bible:  All the nation of Israel that is really the Israel of the children of God will be saved: Isaiah 59:20,21 and Romans 11:26.  (Zechariah 23 makes it clear that after the restoration of Israel (1958) to its present location; then there will be the great battle of Armageddon and in the battle only one half of the people in Jerusalem will be saved after they repent, saved by Jesus standing on Mount Olives.)

The first and most obvious mistake Scofield makes is at the top of Romans 11:26 where he labels it as “the national salvation of Israel”.  I think as the outstanding teacher of Romans at Southwestern, MacGorman taught us through the book and almost skipped over Romans 11:26 where “all Israel will be saved”, knew that the Scofield mites in the class would be emotional and create a disturbance (commitment to Scofield is largely emotional without an intellectual honesty for the Bible, as a cult religion it is a commitment to the seducing spirits of world love and pride of life, which includes professional in the ministry); any student did not have to be very smart that could read in the Scofield Reference Bible over the quote, “the salvation of national Israel”. 

V.  We could chase rabbits down the Scofield dark holes all day, however the subject under discussion now is “Love of Life (I Peter 2:10-12) versus Pride of Life (I John 2:15-17).

Both love of life and pride of life are much bigger than the Scofield notes. So we continue with the World Love of I John 2:15-17.

1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

No one can really miss the mean of the passage of the Bible unless they want to, like Dr. Wolber of the Bible department at Ouachita would say in our Bible classes, “Just let the Bible says what it wants to say.”

1.  Don’t love the world.

2.  Do not love anything in the world.

3.  With World love you automatically kick out of your life as Scofield and his followers did, love of God the Father.

4.  The Apostle John and God the Holy Spirit give a much better definition of the word world than Scofield who tries to move the world to a national country level to prepare the receptive person for a new world of the millennium kingdom ruled by national Israel, with other materialistic minded followers participating in that world wide power.  What is the definition of world in I John 2, it is simple and straightforward, “ 16 For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world…”  Can you think of anything in the world that does not include human flesh, what the eyes see of mammon and matter, and all the many facets of human pride, alias the self-image of oneself without the inward mind of Christ.  What do you love?  Your car, that is pride of life; your church building, that is pride of life; your pastor and the size of your church, that is pride of life; your family or mother over God the Father, that is pride of life; your career and professional and achievement of gains for you, not considered properly as Paul said as a loss for Christ.  (“Those things that are gain for me; I consider as a loss for Christ.”)  As a matter of Bible fact, apart from the deceptive Scofield notes and the Passion Movement seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, Gospel Pride as Paul defined in Romans 1:28 is the only pride the challenged Christian is allowed to have, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”

5.  It is not hard to see the lust of the flesh, like in adultery, and the lust of the eyes, like in wanting what you see your neighbor have of fame or fortune; but a slickest tool of sin, Satan, an Scofield is to hide that Pride of Life is a lust, or strong desire motivating and controlling life just like the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes.  Jesus said, and Scofield again tries to divert you here by claiming the Sermon on the Mount is law, “You can not serve God and mammon.  Either you will hate the one or despise the other.”  By calling all these teachings of Jesus law, there is no grace for you in order by the new birth power to bring such a life and challenge to fruition.

6.  With a more complete definition of the world, John and the Holy Spirit led you to think what passes away and what lives.  Your soul and spirit live, but all things material and worldly lusts and thoughts pass away.  The “desires” for the things and flesh of this world pass away; BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDES FOREVER IN THE FOREVER KINGDOM, not a materialistic kingdom in a new Palestine taught by Scofield.  The worse part of all the teachings of Scofield and his leading pastors and teachers today is that rapture, millennium, and dispensationalism as a philosophy of history DO NOT EXIST.  They are deceptive and figments of the imagination.  Just as Tim LaHaye, a dedicated Scofield mite like most that come out of DTS of the famous Left Behind series labels his own work in those books and movies, the three keys words of Scofield are fiction.  There is not in the Bible taught any 1000 year millennium kingdom of earth, there is no rapture apart from that at the Second Coming in order to get in that special materialistic kingdom, the philosophy of history called dispensationalism does not really exist in real literal Bible; and were it not for Pride of Life and world love, the gigantic seducing spirits of Scofield’s doctrines of devils, they would disappear.  Sin, Satan, and Scofield keep them alive, but they too will pass away at the Second Coming of Christ.  One of the worst aspects of Scofieldism is to give you a false hope that is never going to happen, and that diverts you from the real hope IN CHRIST of the second coming.  Who in the world can think beyond 1000 years?  Hardly anyone, that seems like an eternity to human life destined to by at most fourscore years and five, and Scofield himself in his 7 dispensations did not really think of life beyond a kingdom age for Israel.

VI.  On the very positive side what is the challenge of the Love of Life and seeing good days (I Peter 3:10-12).

10 “For ‘He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him [a]refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’”

1.  Restraint of the tongue, even of a pastor and SBC leader, of the evil of anger at a false literalism and hate and selfishness of Christian brothers in the ministry’

2.  Lips from speaking, teaching, and preaching the lies of Scofieldism, using DECEIT of moderates and literal Bible, when they know better.

3.  Turn away from the evils of destroying fellow brothers in the ministry, their reputations and careers, because they moderate your captivity to Scofield unliteral Bible notes.

4.  See peace in the SBC, and beyond that run after peace, sparing no effort to make fast, batten down the hatches, with bonds of peace the 7 essential doctrines of the Holy Spirit that provides inherent unity of the Spirit.  Get back to preaching your literal Bible and get off those Satan deceptive with seducing spirits and doctrines of devils Scofield notes and theology.

Ephesians 4:4-6 NKJV There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

NOTE:  It can be shown that Scofield and Scofield notes distort and malign and deceive all 7 of these 7 essentials of Christian doctrine, but that is a subject for a later blog to be included in the “7 Doctrinal Mistakes of Scofield”.

Once again as usual, you are welcome to free download from SunGrist this blog at:

http://sungrist.org/LoveLifeVersusWorldLove.pdf

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