The Power of Repitition

You probably have never thought of it, have you?  The power of repetition.  If someone says something once, it might well be forgotten by the hearer soon after it has been uttered.  This has proven to be true in many trial situations where a witness is asked, under oath, if they can recall the defendant having made a certain statement.  Often the witness will say, “I can’t recall.”  And oftentimes they are telling the absolute truth when they give that answer.  But if the defendant said it again, and again, and again, day in and day out, well, that’s a different story, isn’t it?
The power of repetition is a phenomenon understood very well by Satan the devil.  I think it was Adolph Hitler who said that a lie repeated long enough and often enough will be accepted as absolute truth by the majority of those who hear that lie.  The power of repetition has the power to both bend as well as absolutely destroy the truth.  The scriptures are very clear about the state of the dead – that they are just that, absolutely dead, awaiting a resurrection to bring them back to life.  But when the opposite is repeated again and again, year in and year out, century in and century out, by countless thousands and thousands that the dead really are not dead at all but very much alive somewhere in the ether, or on another planet called heaven, or inside the bowels of the earth where the fiery flames of hell torture them, or on another plane of existence or dimension then the power of repetition begins to work in the minds of the hearers and it becomes accepted as fact that death is merely an illusion.  No one really dies.  They just move on to another realm called heaven, hell, limbo, purgatory, or a host of other sites.  That pagan Chinese farmer who was struck by lightning in the year 746 B.C. went to hell at that moment and has been there for almost three thousand years now screaming and beating at the flames, so many think.
Most folks seem to never follow to their logical conclusion many of the beliefs that they hold to be true.  What happened to the pagan Aztec Indian warrior who died in battle in 1429?  Pagan that he was, did he go to hell?  Has he been there now for nearly 600 years crying and writhing in agony?  Wouldn’t you say, “Enough’s enough.”  How long would you watch and do nothing as your neighbor took lighter fluid, squirted a bit on his disobedient dog, lighting it and burning a little of the dog at a time, first one foot, then the other, then an ear, then a bit of the back.  If you looked out the window and hours later the dog was still yelping and writhing in horrible pain in the neighbor’s backyard, would you just turn away and go back to watching your favorite TV show, thinking, “Well, God does much worse than that to billions of human beings who died lost!”
Haven’t you ever wondered WHY, when the Bible speaks of death and the state of the dead, the Bible writers and characters in the Bible only use one of two terms in describing the dead, saying they are just that – dead – or asleep?  These two terms are used interchangeably by the prophets, the apostles and Jesus Himself.  Jesus said, “Lazarus is dead….Lazarus is asleep.”  But millions believe the very opposite to be true.  They believe the dead are now more vibrantly alive in death than they ever were in life!!!
Of course they have several passages of scripture to which they refer that they think shows that Lazarus was not asleep.  It never seems to dawn on them that their erroneous beliefs and interpretation, or misinterpretation, of some scriptures portrays Jesus and many other writers of scripture as being in error or teaching false doctrine.
 To really see the truth of God in this matter one must minutely examine many widely scattered texts throughout the Bible, including those speaking of the “soul”, the “spirit”, immortality and several other related terms and texts.  Well, at least I have given you something to think about, huh?
Sincerely,
Donald Wiley

The Man Who Stood At Ground Zero

If I were to tell you that there was a man who was standing at absolute ground zero when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, and that the man survived the blast and later became a Baptist preacher, would you believe me?  I don’t think so.  I hope not as it would indicate you were perhaps the most gullible human who ever lived.  Anyone who was at ground zero when that bomb was detonated that day was obliterated, dynamically and instantly changed from a living, breathing fleshly human being to a gaseous vapor, miniscule particles of fine ash, more energy than matter in a nanosecond.
Likewise, if someone, some preacher more than likely, tries to tell you that someone has been “saved,” or has “given their heart to Jesus,” or has entered  into a real and valid experience with the almighty, all powerful Creator God of this universe without likewise being dramatically and forever changed then you are being fed a fairy tale.  Don’t believe it.  Of course this change IS progressive.  It doesn’t occur all at once or in one fell swoop.  But there definitely WILL be a change, becoming more and more dramatic with each passing day.
False conversion runs rife through most churches of every denomination throughout this country and around the world today.  Young men and women, boys and girls, are being deceived into believing they have been forgiven their sins and granted God’s Holy Spirit when they have  experienced nothing more than a mild, very temporary “religious” experience.
Your Bible says, “If ANY man (any woman, any boy, any girl) be in Christ (has actually truly been converted), he is a new creature (or new creation – a dramatically different personality), old things (old wants, desires, habits, longings, interests, etc.) are passed away; behold ALL things are become new (new wants, new desires, new habits, longings and interests), AND ALL THINGS (NEW) ARE OF GOD…” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17-18).  God, through His Word now orders, guides and directs the lives of His children, made such by true, lasting repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  They begin showing forth a godly walk and lifestyle.  Those who don’t are mere religious folk.
How many false starts did this old boy have before God finally got through my stubborn will and heart, letting me know that I was not an exception to any of God’s rules and laws and would fully surrender myself to abject obedience to God or find myself on the outside of God’s kingdom cut off from His fellowship and forgiveness.  I thank God that He didn’t give up on me, but that “whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son” in the here and now through process of time.  (See Romans 8:29).  Those truly IN Christ, truly converted, are slowly but surely – and even occasionally rapidly – being made Christ-like in their thoughts, speech and actions.  Please believe that, for it is so.
Christ’s Servant,
Donald Wiley

A BLIP CALLED LIFE

Billions have already experienced their blip.  Relative after relative, friends, neighbors.  They all had their blips.  Now, at least to us, they are only memories.  Soon, we too shall be memories.  The stream of time moves on.
Right now, RIGHT NOW we still have the opportunity to get it right, to grow into that personality our Creator always intended us to be.  But we only have NOW, and some of us still have a lot of growing to do.  Satan is a liar when he says all we need do is believe Jesus died for us and the best of heaven’s blessings and rewards await every one of us and that we will all be “raptured away” to glory before things really heat up on this planet.  Satan lies to Christians just as he lies to Muslims, duping Muslims into thinking if they commit suicide and kill Christians or Jews while committing that act they will instantly go to paradise and enjoy the best paradise has to offer.  Scripture warns that Satan deceives THE WHOLE WORLD!!!  (See Revelation 12:9).
The apostle Paul warns that Satan even presents “another Jesus” to the Christian world and that many receive “another spirit,” thinking they have placed their faith in the real Jesus Christ and have been given the real Holy Spirit.  Paul even speaks of a false gospel, false brethren and false ministers!  (See 2 Corinthians 11).
Yet the real Jesus said, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth much fruit, and that your fruit should remain (be constant, day in and day out), that WHATSOEVER you shall ask of the Father in my name (including healing from some illness or disease), He may give it to you” (John 15:16).
He also said, “You are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19).  The truly converted realize that they are pilgrims, sojourners, wayfarers, aliens in this present evil world.  They realize their real citizenship is in heaven, not on this earth.
The real Jesus stated that when men and women received the real Holy Spirit they would be guided into all spiritual truth and would have Bible prophecy opened to their understanding.  (See John 16:13).
The Apostle Paul exhorted all professing Christians to “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith (whether you have truly been converted and have God’s powerful Holy Spirit abiding in you), prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves how that Jesus Christ is IN you, except ye be reprobates (false converts)?” (See 2 Corinthians 13:5).  Is it obvious Jesus Christ is expressing Himself through YOU?
Multitudes of professing Christians are going to open their eyes at their resurrection only to have it dawn on them that instead of being incorruptible, immortal spirit beings they are still mere human beings composed of flesh brought back to life to stand in the judgment of the unconverted.  I can’t begin to imagine what mind-numbing fear will grip their hearts and fill their minds at that moment.
Life’s little day will draw to its close a lot sooner than most think.  While we yet live and breathe we have the marvelous opportunity to really get it right, to really and truly find ourselves being conformed to the image of our Lord and Savior whereby we can in confidence at last say to our Creator, “Alright, Lord, I am ready for my close up!”  If Jesus Christ looked closely at YOU right now, what would He see?  Think about it, friend.  THINK ABOUT IT!
Sincerely,
Donald Wiley

The Fatal Illness of Vain Worship

What if you were a research scientist and discovered that many physicians, perhaps even most physicians were misdiagnosing a common illness and their error was resulting in many fatalities and numerous early deaths.  You had the undeniable laboratory proof that this was so, yet you knew going public with such a charge would hurt the reputations of tens of thousands of doctors around the world, insult and embarrass them.  What would you do?  Would you remain silent?  Would you keep your discovery to yourself?
One of the greatest errors in modern Christianity, perhaps THE greatest error, is the belief and teaching of confessional salvation, that if one will but confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus died for their sins they would be saved.  That’s all the Creator asks of humanity – only believe.
Through the apostle Paul, God informs us that “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine” (See 2 Timothy 3:16).  Consider the following:
God, speaking to His prophet Jeremiah says, “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, FOR THEY SHALL RETURN UNTO ME WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART” (Jeremiah 24:7).  Again, through this same prophet, God says to humanity, “And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with ALL your heart, and I will be found of you…” (See Jeremiah 29:13-14).
With God, it is all or nothing.  Jesus Christ warned that a man cannot serve two masters.  “I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul” might make good poetry.  It doesn’t make good theology.  Millions of unsuspecting young people are being told by their pastors that if they will publicly confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, believing He died for them, they are then saved and secure.  They’re heaven bound.  Go on with your lives whistling “Amazing Grace.”  All is well with your souls.
God warned early on “Take heed to yourselves that your heart be not deceived” (See Deut. 11:16).  While it is true the apostle Paul did write “that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (See Romans 10:9), many fail to see and understand what Paul had just written.  Notice, we are to confess Jesus is LORD!  That means we confess and mean with our hearts that He calls the shots.  He leads.  He guides.  He directs our lives.
Jesus Christ Himself said, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say?” (Luke 6:46).  God says if one does not come to Him with their whole heart, they come in pretense.  (See Jeremiah 3:10).
Jesus said something else and insulted quite a few folk when He said it: “Well has Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.’  Howbeit in vain do they worship me…” (See Mark 7:6-7).  Jesus Christ warned that He can be worshiped in vain.
One is left wide open to receiving spiritual error and walking in spiritual error if and when they are not submitted totally to the LORDship of Jesus Christ in and over their lives.  They will then receive false doctrine and teaching while shouting, “Hallelujah!”
So, I guess I will go on insulting pastors, preachers and Bible teachers far and wide.  I will continue to anger and embarrass.  And I will continue writing day in and day out.  I will continue sending printed articles through the U.S. Mail.  I will continue sending emails and posting Bible study articles to my website.  Yes, I will obey my LORD sowing the seed of His Word far and wide.  It just might be that here and there, from time to time, someone, somewhere will pause and listen and be saved

AN APOSTOLIC WARNING

The apostle Peter WARNED the church that the apostle Paul wrote some things that were hard to understand.  He further warned that those in the church who were spiritually unstable, fervent believers one day, doubters the next, would easily misconstrue what Paul wrote in his epistles.   (God through the Spirit has a difficult time communicating with the spiritually unstable).  And Peter warned that those who were unlearned in the scriptures, who did not have a good foundational comprehension of what God had already said through the Hebrew prophets, would also be led to believe that Paul was saying something that he was not saying at all.  (See 2 Peter 3:15-16).
Many who fit the above description have a very difficult time discerning what Paul is saying in his letter to the Galatians, as well as in his letters to the Roman and Colossian believers.  They think Paul is setting aside Sabbath observance in these letters, telling his readers that God’s Sabbath was “nailed to the cross.”
Once Sunday observance became quite commonplace among believers, even those who were basically stable spiritually and students of the entire Bible, Old and New Testaments alike, those that followed inherited the false doctrine of Sunday observance.  Failing to really comprehend the incredible deceiving power of Satan the devil, they believed their interpretation of Paul’s writings was correct and that he most certainly did declare Sabbath observance to be a part of the antiquated Old Covenant.  And Satan drew them in with his net of confusion, also.
NOTHING Paul writes in ANY of his letters sets aside or diminishes Sabbath observance!  NOTHING!
Some modern versions of  the scriptures are paraphrases – not literal word-for-word translations.  And some of these paraphrased versions take texts like I Corinthians 16:2 and make it appear that Paul wrote, “Every Sunday let each of you take his offering to church…..”  When actually Paul writes “Upon the first of the week let every one of you LAY BY HIM IN STORE, as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”   The word “day” is not in the Greek.  Paul is NOT referring to taking an offering to church each Sunday, yet many deluded preachers THINK that is what he is saying.
The average believer’s comprehension of scripture is quite superficial.  The same holds true for their pastors.  That is one reason WHY there are so many bickering, differing, contradictory denominations in the Christian world!  And that is what makes church-goers so gullible.  They will believe just about anything the pastor says when he makes comments about the Bible and the message it contains.  Sometimes he is right on, but all to often he is utterly and completely wrong in what he says.  God help you to understand!
Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
Donald Wiley

A Preacher’s Death Grip!



Once a preacher has bought into a false doctrine or teaching, and especially after he, or she, has taught that doctrine to others, preached it from the pulpit, or written about it, trying to get them to rethink their stand and contemplate they might just be human enough to err is like trying to get a dog to release his hold on a rag he has in his mouth when you are pulling at the opposite end.  They hold that doctrine in a death grip and just will not let it go.  That’s a very bad sign, of course, when irrefutable scripture evidence is given to show clearly that some preacher’s belief in a certain area is contrary to scripture truth.  This FACT helps explain why a minister of a given denomination remains true to the teachings and beliefs of that particular denomination until his, or her, dying day.  When was the last time you heard of some minister abandoning his, or her, denomination for an entirely different denomination, or dropping the denominational name from their church and begin calling it simply the Riverside Church instead of the Riverside_______________(denomination) Church?  More likely than not you have no personal knowledge of ANY minister doing such a thing.
But what does that tell you?  It tells me that many, if not most, preachers do NOT really “prove” all things of a spiritual nature, as COMMANDED by the Word of God.  The preacher is as gullible as his congregation.  He believes – and continues to believe – whatever he has been spoon-fed from his youth up.  A Methodist youth, if choosing to enter the ministry, does not attend a Baptist theological seminary, nor does an Episcopalian high school grad seek out a Seventh Day Adventist college if desiring to become a minister of the gospel.  The candidate for the ministry simply has his belief system reinforced further.  Ordained a minister of that particular denomination, he preaches that denomination’s doctrines while across the street the fresh-faced seminary graduate happily accepts the call to pastor an opposing denomination’s flock.  And, yes, I DO mean opposing denomination as one preacher will preach doctrines diametrically opposed to what another preacher offers up as scripture truth.
Bible truth CAN be known, but it takes a lot of searching of the scriptures to find it coupled with abject total submission to Jesus as one’s LORD and the humility to readily admit “I have been wrong” when discerning the sciptures do not support your long-held and often deeply cherished beliefs.

How Many Disciples Do I Have?

How many disciples do I have?  NONE!  You can scour the countryside, contacting any and all with whom I have had contact.  None will say, “I am Donald Wiley’s disciple.”  Am I trying to start a new denomination?  That is the very LAST thing I would do or even attempt to do.  God hates denominationalism!  Let me paraphrase two verses of scripture penned by the apostle Paul (I Corinthians 1:12-13): “Now this I say, that every one of you saith, ‘I am a Baptist,’ and ‘I am a Methodist,’ and ‘I am Church of God,’ and ‘I am a Seventh Day Adventist.’  Is Christ divided into various denominations?  Was it a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Presbyterian who was crucified for you?  Or were you baptized in the name of some denomination?”  When one aligns himself, or herself, with some particular denomination, stating unequivocally, “I am a___________,” they then take their first giant step into the fostering of and continuation of division in the body of Christ.  It’s that simple.  They also lock themselves into that particular groups scripture interpretation.  Any Baptist preacher that stands in the pulpit and begins revealing to his congregation that God’s seventh day sabbath was never moved to the day of the sun-god will find himself out on his ear rather quickly.  A couple of deacons would probably get up from their seats, take him by the elbows or scruff of the neck and escort him to the door.  Likewise, any Seventh Day Adventist minister who would urge his congregation to abandon the sabbath for Sunday observance would also be told, “Bye-bye.”
I will close giving you something to think about.  The ONLY sign Jesus gave the scribes and Pharisees that He was their Messiah was NOT that He would come back from the dead, but that He would remain in the tomb three days and three nights.  (See Matthew 12:36-40).  He was placed in the tomb as the sun was going down.  (See Matthew 27:57-60).  You can believe Jesus fulfilled this ONLY SIGN proving He was the Messiah to a tee.  Three days and three nights, seventy-two hours from sunset on any given day is completed at sunset, not at sunrise.  That’s WHEN Jesus was resurrected – AT SUNSET, not sunrise  The women got to the tomb “early, when it was yet dark” and found Jesus already GONE!  (See John 20:1-2).  Of course, He had been gone from the tomb nearly 12 hours already, arising at the previous day’s sunset!!! This annihilates the argument that Sunday was to replace God’s sabbath since Jesus was resurrected on a Sunday.   He was not!  Pastor, Satan’s ability to deceive is mind-boggling.  Forget that even for a moment and he will lead you, me, Billy Graham, Jimmy Swaggart, whomever, into clever error very quickly.  Think on these things with an open mind, proving ALL your doctrines.  That is my prayer for you and all with whom I communicate, and they are many.
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Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
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Donald Wiley



“BEWARE OF THE SCRIBES”

Do you know who the scribes were in New Testament times?  They were the equivalent of what we call “theologians” today.  Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes.”  Today He would say, “Beware of the theologians.”  He would also say, “Somebody has it wrong folks!”  If one preacher says one thing and the preacher across the street says the opposite, then somebody has it wrong – and maybe both are teaching error.  So, beware of the preachers.  Realize that they are not infallible.  They can err and err greatly.  Those who do not know the Word of God intimately well are ripe for embracing error.
I have no doubt that some of the scribes of Jesus’ day were honorable men, clean living, faithful husbands and good providers to their family.  And, of course, some were unscrupulous, crafty and men of greed and dishonest.  I suppose most “preachers” of today are basically honorable men, clean living, faithful husbands and good providers to their family.  But, folks, that doesn’t mean they are right in everything they teach and say.  A Baptist does not believe and teach what a minister in the Assemblies of God churches believes and teaches.  A Seventh Day Adventist minister does not believe and teach what a Presbyterian minister believes and teaches.  Yet they will all say God “called” them to preach.  Did God call one to preach “once saved, always saved” and call another one to preach that you can most certainly lose, or forfeit, your salvation?  Did He call one to teach that the seventh day Sabbath is holy time while calling another to teach Sunday is God’s sanctified time for worship and the assembling of His people???
Beware of the scribes!  But in order to discern which scribe one must be wary of, one must himself, or herself, have a good knowledge and understanding of scripture.  One must depend upon the enlightening and guiding influence of the Holy Spirit in their minds and thinking.  And one must themselves be obedient to God and faithful to Jesus Christ.  Fail here and the scribe, i.e., preacher, you follow might well be one of those of whom Jesus was speaking when He said, “Beware of that one!”
Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
Donald Wiley

All The World’s A Stage

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their entrances and their exits, and one man in his time plays many parts…..” From the play “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare.
There’s a lot of truth in those words William Shakespeare wrote.  As an infant, he was baptized into the Anglican Church. ln his Last Will and Testament he alludes to Jesus Christ his Savior and speaks of the hope of eternal life.
This world is like a great stage.  We do have our entrance onto the world stage – our birth.  We do have our exit from that grand stage – our death.  And, I myself, have played many parts.  I trust the part I now play is my last and that I shall perfect the role.  I believe it is the role to which I was born to play.  I thoroughly enjoy the role, a role that has been played many times before me, and I am sure with much greater skill and devotion to character.
It is only when we come to see this world as a stage, or better yet a staging ground, that we are brought to intensely focus on our part in this great play called “Life.”  When we enter into the eternal realm I trust we shall all receive a standing ovation from those who have gone before us and from the angels of the Most High.
It is marvelous to know that all the errors, mistakes and blatant sins of the past are blotted out by the blood of our Savior never again to be mentioned or even remembered.  So, let us play our parts well for we know not the day or hour when we must make our exit from the stage.

PAYDAY SOMEDAY

Even the sins of a nation have a payday someday.  Our chickens are coming home to roost.  The Bible speaks of God withholding judgment on a nation because their iniquities, or sins, were not yet full.  In his sermon “Payday Someday,” R.G. Lee spoke of how the wheels of God’s judgment grind slowly but they grind exceeding fine.  Men can mock and belittle the righteous within their nation, but it is the presence of the righteous in a nation that withholds God’s heavy hand of judgment, for when He judges a nation the righteous suffer right along with the ungodly.
Though having gone to bed late, I awoke quite early deeply troubled by what I know lies ahead for this country.  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then will l hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).  President Obama publicly proclaimed that America is not a Christian nation.  He was right.  Though there are numerous righteous believers living in this country, there are also millions embracing the doctrines and teachings of false Christianity.  When he uttered those words, I thought, “Our days are now numbered.”  And our nation has not turned from its wicked ways.  Instead we pass more and more laws that make our gross sins legal, everything from abortion to same sex marriage.
The atheists and agnostics among us are going to see quite well that there definitely is a God in heaven that rules over the affairs of men, though what they will see might not convince them of God’s reality.  Still they are not going to like what they will see.  It is dark outside right now both literally and figuratively.  Literally the sun will shine in another couple of hours.  Daylight will spread across this wonderful nation and we will hear the singing of the birds.  Figuratively it may never shine again but only grow darker, and darker, and darker.  The birds will cease their singing save for the mourning doves.  Their sad refrain will fill the air and break our hearts.