Ten Percent Christians: Episode #5

My friend, are you only a ten percent Christian? Now this starts of course, with tithing. But it goes far deeper than that. Years ago, a dear old lady in the church that I pastored came to me all upset. She said our preachers today are preaching the doctrine of tithing. But, she said, it is definitely not a New Testament doctrine. She said tithing was for the Jews.

I pointed out to her that in Hebrews 7:8 the Scripture says, “Here men that die receive tithes..” And this was long after the resurrection. We’re supposed to be the children of faithful Abraham. Well Abraham the father of the faithful paid tithes to Melchizedek. And Jacob imitated this piety of his grandfather when he vowed to the Lord the tithe of all the substance that he would acquire in Mesopotamia.

We turn to Deuteronomy 12, “And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices and your tithes and the heave offerings of your hands and your vows and your free will offerings and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks.” Now that meant 40% of all that they earned.

We turn to Malachi 3, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me. But ye say, ‘Wherein have we robbed thee?’ In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse. For ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all of the tithes into the storehouse that there might be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

Tithes, then, are not for our poor relatives. My wife has a friend who gives her so-called tithes to her poor relatives. No, no, no, no, no! Leviticus 27:30: “All the tithes of the land is holy H-O-L-Y unto the Lord.”

Numbers 18:24 tells us the tithe was given unto the Levites to inherit.

All Through The Storm: Episode #6

My friends, this message is dedicated to those in deep trouble. For our phone rings constantly with the plea of those who are in dire circumstances. We listen to the harrowing plight of deserted wives, runaway daughters, sons on drugs…

New Age Gospel: Episode 41

Today, as we consider the New Age Gospel, our texts are found in 2 Timothy 3:1 & 13,

This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

Back in the 1940s through the 1960s, the predictions of psychic Jean Dixon laid the country by the ears. She foretold the assassination of Ghandi. She foretold Nero’s death and succession by Shastri eight years before it happened. She foretold the assassination of Kennedy, eleven years before it happened, and it was recorded in Parade Magazine… She predicted China would go red… Franklin D. Roosevelt consulted her… She said, Ahh… but he will! I’ve seen him…

Well, she got it through a crystal ball that was given to her by a gypsy when she was younger. She got it through tarot cats. She had  a magic cat. And then, she studied astrology which had been taught to her by a Roman Catholic priest.

On the night of July 14, As she lay sleeping, she suddenly felt as though she were an eiderdown. Then she felt a serpent crawling up around her body until the snake’s head got opposite hers…

Prosperity Doctrine: Episode 42

Years ago, a celebrated deliverance evangelist stated that God had shown him that there was nothing God would not do for him if he touched not the gold nor the glory. But in the years that ensued, he went all out for both, and spiritual speaking became but a shadow of his former self. A renowned deliverance missionary followed suit…

Fenced in By Jesus: Episode 124

As we consider the subject, Fenced in by Jesus, I’m reminded that a number of years ago, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention aroused a firestorm of protest when he said that no Orthodox Jew could ever enter heaven. Immediately he was stigmatized as a bigot, a racist, anti-Semitic and what not. But, of course, he was right.

For in Acts 4:12 Simon Peter says concerning Jesus, “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is none other name under heaven given among men…”

God’s New Thing: Episode 74

Some of you listening to my voice today are in deep distress, and for me to advise you to pray seems only a baseless platitude, for the world of the Bible is not your world. In the world of the BIble, the axe head can sink or swim. The sun can stand still at the command of a man. Men can walk unscathed through a fiery furnace. The mouths of ravenous lions can be closed. Lepers are cleansed.

Disastrous Witnessing: Episode 15

Today I want to discuss an intriguing subject, the subject of disastrous witnessing for Christ. Our text is found in Proverbs 18:19:

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city…

A Baptist Scribe Hears a Pentecostal Prophet

By Lennard Darbee

Six years ago, as a Baptist evangelist, I sat in the Tacoma ice arena with 5,000 others, goggle-eyed at the ministry of Rev. William Branham. He did not ask the sick the nature of their affliction, he told them and, at his word crossed eyes straightened, goiters disappeared, the deaf and dumb both heard and spoke. A young man who refused to bow his head as demons of epilepsy were being cast out was himself seized in the gallery and fell to the floor in an epileptic fit! It was Mark 1 all over again : “And they were astonished at his doctrine : for he taught them as one that had authority and not as the scribes.”

Now the scribes certainly knew the Word, but this man, Branham, was ministering more than the Word : That mother weeping, while her hitherto deaf and dumb son for the first time said, “Mama!” The glory on his face when the organ was played! That did not speak of Greek participles. They kill, but this refreshed and I became convinced that this man was a prophet of God. A scribe tells what he has read, but a prophet tells you what he has experienced and therefore knows. The curse of fundamentalism has been that the scribes have been too long in the saddle. They will lie for the miracle of yesterday, but will absolutely repudiate the one of today. Why? Well, the miracle of yesterday is in the Book and they know the Book, but the miracle of today has to do with the living Person, and with the Person they are not familiar. While the world on the outside has been starving for the Word of God, we on the inside have been starving for His presence. In I Cor. 4 :20 Paul writes, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” The soul, then, is not nourished by the Word alone, but by the presence and power of the living God —and this was it. Signs, wonders, miracles! Oh brother! After such a demonstration who could ever again be content with a mere exposition?

From that meeting I went forth walking on air, determined to press on into the vast resources of God! Hours a day were spent in prayer and churches across the nation reported my campaign as their greatest. In Chicago alone I preached repeatedly in the great Moody Memorial Church and held the great union tent meetings of the city. John R. Rice was printing my sermons in The Sword of the Lord and things seemed to be moving nicely, but I could not keep from thinking of Branham. With Peter, he might have said, “This is that,” but I could not. With my ministry I had to say, “This is different!” There were no signs following—and God has always given His people signs : Abel, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Isaiah had signs. David waited for the going in the mulberry trees and, in the economy of God, signs have always accompanied deliverance whether under Moses or Joshua or Samson or Peter or Paul, “And these signs shall follow them that believe.” No signs— no deliverance!

This article was published in the September, 1956 issue of The Voice Of Healing magazine.