Monday, December 24, 2012

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Beard in Paperback

The Beard is now available in Paperback.  In case you missed it, it has been available on Kindle (or any other e-format) for a week for just .99! It will (Lord willing) be available on Amazon.com in the next 5-7 days, but you can order it direct and get it faster for the same price by ordering through the printer...

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Authored by Michael BunkerWhat does the Bible have to say about the Beard? Is it just a matter of opinion? Author, teacher, and historian Michael Bunker wanted to know, so over many years he studied everything he could find on the topic, even reading through copious volumes of ancient commentaries and writings by early Christians. Having written on the topic a few times over the years, Michael commonly receives questions from people from all over the world, and from many different faiths and backgrounds, and, unable to find any books or tracts that dealt with the issue from a Biblical perspective, Michael decided to make this tract available in print form.

This 72 page booklet examines the topic, examining the scriptures, types and shadows of sin and righteousness, historical evidence and practices, and the writings of many different people throughout history. It is offered for the benefit of anyone who seeks a deeper and more Biblical understanding of the topic.


Publication Date:
Dec 21 2012
ISBN/EAN13:
1481254561 / 9781481254564
Page Count:
72
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.06" x 7.81"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Life / Men's Issues

If you are interested in bulk purchases to use these for tracts, I can place orders of 25-50 units for you at about $4 per book, so just snail mail me an order (with payment included) and include where you want them sent and I'll send them out to you as soon as possible.

M. Bunker
1251 CR 132
Santa Anna, Texas 76878

Coming Very Soon... (and I mean VERY soon)

The Headcovering

Monday, December 17, 2012

Another Letter from Michael Bunker Written to the December Project List

This letter to the December Project List was requested to be put as a blog post by one of the men of the community here, with Mr. Bunker's approval:

December 14, 2012

Friends,

Greeting to you all and Peace in the name of Him who, if we will do delight ourselves in Him, will give Himself to us as the desire of our heart. When He is our first and foremost desire, He will reveal Himself to us in a greater way -- conforming us to Himself even as we are eternally placed in Him. He is the one we seek when we seek wisdom and light, and He Himself is Wisdom and Light personified. Look unto Jesus Christ -- see what He is like and taste His qualities and works for He is good. How do we become conformed to Him? It is not by “being a Christian” -- if we indeed are one. “Being a Christian” is a stasis, a condition, a position. Being conformed to Christ is a movement, a growth, a life. We are conformed to Him when we eat the Bread of Life, drink the Water of Life, examine the King of Heaven and Earth, put off the love of this world and false suitors and recline on Him who is the true Friend, and Master, and Love.

Too many mockers, scoffers, disobedient railers, and world-lovers call themselves “Christians” and recline on that title as their hope. What have the “Christians” done for you? Let us be found in Christ and daily seek Him and likeness unto Him and leave modernist “Christianity” to it’s love of the world and the rudiments of the world. Jesus Christ loved His own that were in the world, and loved them unto the end. Not that His love unto them did end, but “unto the end” of the extent and work necessary for their redemption. He loves them all the more for eternity; but while He was in the world, His specific work of love towards their redemption was worked to the end. So should we not love Him while we are in the world, since He did so love us? So many carnal and offensive works go on in His name. So many people carry His name on them like a logo or a brand. Do they not know that His mark on us, besides the love of Him that seeks Him out and flees from the world as savior and provider, is a self-sacrificing, moral, honest, true, caring, hospitable, deep, demonstrate love of those who are His? Do you know that?

Whose mark is on you? I pray that we will be more practiced at loving Him and those who are His than we are at conforming to a system of this religious heresy that today bears His Holy name.

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Michael Bunker Book: The Beard

Ok, The Beard is now available on Amazon!  You can get it even if you do not have a Kindle for only .99!  They have free apps for your computer, Mac or PC.  Go download it now while it is cheap!  Also, please share this and please, please, please do a review on Amazon.com.  Thank you.

What does the Bible have to say about the Beard? Is it just a matter of opinion? Author, teacher, and historian Michael Bunker wanted to know, so over many years he studied everything he could find on the topic, even reading through copious volumes of ancient commentaries and writings by early Christians. Having written on the topic a few times over the years, Michael commonly receives questions from people from all over the world, and from many different faiths and backgrounds, and, unable to find any books or tracts that dealt with the issue from a Biblical perspective, Michael decided to make this tract available in print form.

This 72 page booklet examines the topic, examining the scriptures, types and shadows of sin and righteousness, historical evidence and practices, and the writings of many different people throughout history. It is offered for the benefit of anyone who seeks a deeper and more Biblical understanding of the topic.

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Letter from Michael Bunker Written to the December Project List

Michael Bunker, who is taking the months of December and January off for his family's December Project, sent this letter out on his DP List and asked if it could be transcribed and posted on his blog for others to read, so here it is...

December 9, 2012

Friends,

Greeting to you all in the name of Jesus Christ, the Wisdom and Knowledge of God and perfect Redeemer, Savior, and King of His elect. I am greatly enjoying the time away during this December Project and it has helped me to see more clearly the vanity of every thing under the sun -- even preaching. I know why the apostles themselves were a savor of death unto death unto almost all, and the sweet savor of life unto life for only a few. Paul said that the very few "in the sight of God" speak in Christ, but the "many" (which is to say -- almost all) "corrupt the Word of God." I have known not but a small handful of people in the entirety of my life who have been loyal friends -- and not just to me, for it is nothing to abandon me – most, indeed, after wading into the deeper things of Christ, abandon Him and are disloyal to Him and even of what they say they have learned of Him. I have been pondering on this and meditating on it. Again, I exempt from all charges a very small handful of people I have known, but even some on this miniscule mailing list have shown, and will show themselves to be inconstant and lovers/friends of lies rather than truth. Ninety percent of the longest running supporters I have had through the years have dropped out -- many siding with wicked railers and attackers -- and all since I started preaching through John Owen's "The Glory of Christ." This is no idle coincidence. One man said, "There are problems in the ministry." When the preaching of Jesus Christ and His Glory and His Commandments exposes wolves, charlatans, and sociopaths -- you blame the ministry? What say you of Paul? Were there "problems in the ministry" when Paul "was in danger from false brethren"? You fools. I tell my students to do me this favor... Listen to one of my sermons or a radio broadcast of the Glory of Christ. Then write down if your soul has been benefited -- yay or nay? Then write down one benefit that has accrued to your soul by my enemies and attackers. Have they invested thousands of hours into you? Are you improved by them? When Christ is preached faithfully many will be shown to be apostates and few will evidence eternal life. Some will flee to surface ministries -- most with a superficial "reformed" doctrine. They will love ministries that talk ABOUT John Owen and TULIP, but not one that translates and preaches what John Owen SAID about Christ and Salvation.

Oh, I have leaned a lot. Nothing I didn’t already know, but I now have a keener sense of the reality of spiritual entropy in this dark age -- and the differences between my audience today, and that of John Owen or John Bunyan. I can hear the voices saying, "Oh, Mr. Bunyan, there are problems in your ministry or you wouldn’t be hated and in jail." Bunyan and Rutherford suffered the persecution of chains, but they had an audience of righteous seekers of the Kingdom. What would they do today -- spared prison because any old gospel will do in this wicked age, preaching to dullards and traitors and worldlings who long not for the Celestial City, but for Vanity Fair.

I exposed the Utilitarian and Entitlement faction in our community almost 1 year ago -- Jan 9. I pointed them out and told them the truth of themselves. I have the letter in my hands. Since that day, and corresponding with my teaching on The Glory of Christ, we have seen 100% of that faction leave the community – and now they are doing what they can to infect those of you out there who were not here to be infected. They are prowling around on Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet seeking whom they may devour. Some of you think to chit-chat with them as if they have ever preached truth to your soul -- shame on you. I don’t mind being abandoned and slandered for teaching Christ. Straw men are no match for the justice of God. Alexander the Coppersmith and Demetrius the Silversmith are upset that I have turned over their idols and they have done me much evil. So be it. You go interview them (some of you have!) and judge between me and them. Owen said that those who abandon truth for lies will have it the worst in the judgment. I doubt it not. But today's "Christian" would not like to hear what Owen said, they would just like to share and post biographies of Owen, and Pink and Jonathan Edwards.

"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ…" -- 2 Cor. 2:15-17...

I remain your servant in Christ Jesus,
Michael Bunker


P.S. To those of you who are inquiring why Michael has removed people from his "friends" list on Facebook:

As you may know, I have stepped down as an Elder in our fellowship, and the first and foremost reason is so that I can illustrate and model obedience to others who apparently have no idea what that means. I was instructed by my Elder, David Sifford, that some people who have left here on bad terms over the past year are using my Facebook, Twitter, etc. friends lists to attack me and the ministry and the group here. I am "officially" off-line, though Mr. Sifford has approved me doing what I can to excise this cancer as much as possible. We are of the opinion that such things need to be cutoff and removed, and that not just those who do such things, but those who have pleasure (offer support and comfort) to those who do such things are to be avoided, according to the clear teaching of the scriptures. I have written a long letter, included in my DP letters explaining my position, and will be writing more on the subject, DV. I will send that letter to you if you will request it via snail mail. I have asked everyone, friend or foe, to listen to a MB sermon or radio show on The Glory of Christ, and write down if their soul has been aided or assisted via the ministry. Likewise, write down if your soul has been benefited by my accusers and attackers... Larry Keffer, Mihai Gurau, Mark Contra, Chris Woods, etc. If you are of the opinion that all are the same to God, and that black is as good as white, and that innuendo, straw-men, and false charges are the same as truth and the plain and clear preaching of Christ, then you are free to have that opinion and the consequences that go with it. I am not going into the long trap of trying to defend myself against private lies and snipers who hide in darkness. What I will say is that I leave it all to God, and will let Him sort the sheep from the goats. In the mean time, I am faithfully and obediently going to continue in submission to both my calling, and to the Church of Jesus Christ. Our policy is to preach the Gospel freely, but not to fellowship with those who oppose themselves, or those who give Demetrius and Alexander a hearing -- despite the obvious fruit of THEIR ministry. So do not take it as personal. I was informed by Mr. Sifford that there were many people on my Facebook list who had either recently added as "friends," or were continuing in fellowship with, those who were now doing this evil. He provided me with a list for the purpose of me "unfriending" those who have done so. I have done no research on the subject, being in the midst of the December Project. If this was done in error, then you have my apology and I will correct it. If, however, you are one who is giving aid and comfort to those who lie, slander, and attack while opposing the clear teaching of God, then you have fairly been informed as to why I have done this.

Friday, November 30, 2012

G'night Y'all

Last Day of November.  Alright y'all, I'm out for the December Project.  We'll be back, Lord willing, on February 1.  The radio show will still be going, and you can only contact me via snail mail:

M. Bunker
1251 CR 132
Santa Anna, Texas 76878

No Facebook, No Twitter.

You'll only hear from me if I have an announcement, like perhaps a book ready to launch.

So y'all be cool, stay straight, keep your eye on the prize.

Fear God and Keep His Commandments.

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker

Take it from an Old Ass


A parable:

Every day a servant boy went to the field and let out a loud whistle to call in all the working stock. Each day after seeing each animal to its assigned task - the horses to the carriage, the old ass to the plow - he would return to the field to work with a stubborn young ass who refused to obey. The boy would try to lead the ass from in front, but the ass would just lock his heels. The boy would try to beat the ass from behind with a whip, but the ass would just cower under the beating, refusing to budge. Eventually the boy would get tired of trying to train the ass, and he would leave him in the field and head off to his own work.

One day a weathered old ass, on his way to be hooked up to the plow for the day, walked by the stubborn ass and said, "ready for another beating today, I see".

The young ass just laughed and said, "I have learned that if I am more stubborn than the boy, then I get to spend the whole day eating in this field. Maybe you should try it."

The old ass shook his head. "That boy works for the master of these lands. However coarse his ways, and however vulgar his methods, he is trying to make you useful to the master, and so long as he doesn't quit, then there is hope for you - but one day he won't even try to train you any more. He will give up on you. And soon the master will come and ask the boy why you are not being used to his advantage; why you are permitted to consume his field and are not profitable to him."

The young ass laughed again. "Let the master come with his larger whip, and let him beat me from in front and from behind. I will not be moved. I have learned if I resist through all the scourging, I am left alone to eat in this field."

The old ass looked at the young ass in the eye and said, "When the master comes he will not bring the whip or the goad. He will bring his shotgun, and he will make you profitable by selling your carcass for glue". The old ass turned and walked towards his daily duty.

Take it from an old ass... when you learn from the whip and count it profitable, you live to be an old ass.

Michael Bunker

P.S. Solutions to the parable, for those not into such things:

The Master = Christ
The Boy = Holy Spirit
The Old Ass = Teacher

Antinomianism, Part II


Modern "christians"

Posted by Michael Bunker 


“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down” (Luke 13:1-9).

February 21, 2005 – Some who were mingled among the disciples of Jesus Christ came and told Him of how the ruler Pilate had slain some Galileans while they were participating in the sacrifice about the time of Passover.  It is often supposed that they were relating the events, 20 years earlier, of the disciples of one Judah of Galilee, who had gathered a following after himself and who was subsequently attacked and killed by Pilate for rejecting Roman rule and for teaching against the paying of Roman taxes.  There is a hint, here, that Christ and His disciples may meet a like fate, since it seemed to these who are telling the story that the teachings of Jesus were similar to this Judas of Galilee.  Jesus does not answer the inference, but instead applies His sword to the heart of the matter.  It was obvious that these men thought that these slain Galileans must have been great sinners (above other Galileans) because they suffered these things.  Likewise, these men must have reasoned that the eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell were sinners above all men in Jerusalem.  But Jesus says to all that are present, “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”.  Jesus will use the erroneous ideas of these religious men to teach the truth He would have those who can hear to apply.

Pilate had slain the disciples of Judas of Galilee while they were engaged in ritual purification.  The tower of Siloam stood over the pool of Siloam, and likely fell upon men who were going through the ritual purification at the pool.  A wrong application and understanding of the Providence and Justice of God, caused men to think that these who were killed, were killed because their sacrifices were not acceptable to the Lord and that their sins were too great to be forgiven.  In both cases, the men were killed while in a religious ceremony of atonement and purification.  The carnal interpretation would have run along the lines of that of the priest who is found unworthy and is killed by God while in the Holy of Holies.  But Jesus does not accept this carnal interpretation at all.  All alike are sinners to Christ, and unless those that hear the words of Christ should repent of their own sins, they will all likewise perish.


Last Day...

11/30/2012 - 6th Day - Morning. Preparation of the Sabbath. Greetings friends.  I hope to post several posts for you today, since today is the last day of November, and the last day before the December Project begins.  Remember, after today I will not be posting (unless it is something urgent) until February 1.  You will only be able to contact me via snail mail, and I will also be broadcasting the Michael Bunker Radio Show during the DP as well.

Speaking of the radio show, the last show from Wednesday night, was a good one - and in it we started John Owen, The Glory of Christ, Chapter 17.  Make sure to check it out, and tune in this Sunday night at 7pm for an all new show, which will be all Q&A.  Get your questions in now for Sunday's show: editor@lazarusunbound.com

I responded to a request on Facebook, but I thought I'd post it here.
For the people asking about sending stuff for the December Project. We have enough envelopes I believe. We'll let you know during the DP if we need more. We still will need pens (G2 Gel pens .07), stamps (lots of stamps!) and whatever goodies you want to send. Send to: M. Bunker, 1251 CR 132, Santa Anna, Texas 76878.
Also I will be posting part 2 of the Antinomian teaching, along with a final post with instructions for those who come here during the next two months.

Alright, peace ya'll.

Michael

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Antinomianism, Part 1


by Michael Bunker 

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven (Matt. 7:15-21).

February 12, 2005 – It is judgment indeed upon a wicked and perverse people that they leave one of the most plain and specific warnings ever to come from the mouth of God on earth ignored and unheeded.  In these scriptures in the Gospel of Matthew we have the words of Jesus Christ warning us about a specific kind of people that will never enter in to the Kingdom of Heaven:

1.     They wear sheep’s clothing.  They profess to hold to the best doctrine, and to be of Christ’s own flock.  They take upon themselves the name of “Christian” and expect to be ushered into heaven.

2.     They say, “Lord, Lord” as if Jesus Christ belongs to them, and they to Him.

3.     They are corrupt trees and foul vines.  They bring forth fruit, but it is not the fruit the Bible requires.  They produce anti-fruit: thorns and thistles.

4.     They are clothed in the attire of the Christian, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  A wolf consumes sheep, and these particular wolves consume sheep by replicating themselves.  They cannot stand to see true fruit produced, because true fruit condemns them.  True Christians are fruit bearers.  Revelation 14:13 says that True Christians rest from their works only after they are dead, “and their works do follow them”.

Paul teaches us in Romans that in these analogies “fruit” and “works” are synonymous.  Sin is the fruit of the works of the carnal man, and the curse of serving the law through the works of the carnal man was death:

“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death” (Romans 7:5).

The works of service done by the unregenerate flesh while still in sin did bring forth fruit unto death.  But what of the regenerate man?  The new man, being delivered from the curse of the law as a covenant of works, having died to that form of dead service, would be renewed in the spirit to serve and keep the moral law by spirit and not by letter:

“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:6)

Paul goes on to explain that the law of God is spiritual, and could never have been properly served by the carnal man.  The law of God, which is good, served to kill the carnal man so that the spiritual man could rise and serve God and keep His commandments in newness of spirit.  Christ warned that there would come dangerous and wicked wolves, calling themselves Christians, and that these wolves would never produce any good fruit.  Paul claims that true spiritual works (fruit) would only ever be produced by those who had been revived by the Spirit of God to serve God in spirit and truth.

In our ministry we are constantly warning against the two soul murderers named Legalism and Antinomianism.  The ignorance and comfort of modern “christians” makes them prey for the latter more than the former, so we will take a close look at Antinomianism and the wicked leaven contained therein.

“The Gospel, like its blessed Master, is always crucified between two thieves -- legalist of all sorts on the one hand and Antinomians on the other; the former robbing the Saviour of the glory of his work for us, and the other robbing him of the glory of his work within us." - James Henley Thornwell

The first and most wicked heresy to strike the early colonies on this continent was the famous attack of the Antinomians.  The true Church of Jesus Christ had just been established in the untamed frontier of the New World (having fled from the rage of the religious beasts in Europe) when they learned firsthand that, although they had fled from great dangers at the hand of the legalist Church of England back home, they were to be in perils in the wilderness as well.  Here we have one of the greatest historical examples of the works of the devil in attempting to crucify true Christianity between these two thieves.  Charles Spurgeon said:

"The black devil of antinomianism is just as wicked and destructive as the white devil of legalism."

Having fled from the face of the white devil in England, the black devil was quick to try to overcome the Church in New England.  As soon as the peace and tranquility of the Puritan Church was established in the wilderness, the devil raised up a siren song from amidst the newly formed Church.  The devil in this case did not take on the form of the serpent in the Garden, but put on the dress and clothing of a zealous and arrogant woman named Anne Hutchinson.

It is important that we get a proper historical view of the Antinomian controversy in early New England because the voices of heresy in modern education (feminists, Unitarians, lesbians and other such rebels) have had centuries to canonize Mrs. Hutchinson as a dissenting hero and as an martyr to theological tyranny, while at the same time slandering and demonizing the faithful Puritans who exposed and banished her.

Anne Hutchinson arrived in Boston with her husband in the autumn of 1634.  She and her husband were avid fans and supporters of the Puritan preacher John Cotton.  Mrs. Hutchinson, a woman of “masculine understanding and fiery zeal”, had embraced Mr. Cotton’s teachings on predestination, election and the freedom from the curse of the law.  From this teaching, in her own mind, she extrapolated out that since true Christians were freed from the law as a covenant of works towards their salvation, then any attempt to obey the law or commands of God at all was a form of legalism and a denial of the finished work of Christ.  To Anne Hutchinson, all who taught self-examination, Sabbath keeping, the perennial nature of the moral law, mortification of sin, etc., were “legal men” who were Pharisees and ignorant of the New Covenant.

As in most cases of heresy, Mrs. Hutchinson’s heresy started in the darkness of her own heart and was exploded outward by her pride and vanity.  When she first arrived in Boston, she was highly esteemed by many of the leaders of the Massachusetts colony (including its Governor), and she was highly lauded at the time by Mr. John Cotton, her favorite minister and teacher.  Unsatisfied with being the meek, humble and silent student of Mr. Cotton, Mrs. Hutchinson decided to start a women’s meeting, supposedly to obey the command that the elder women teach the younger women.  Because of her fame in the colony and because of the fact that she had studied under Mr. Cotton, Hutchinson soon drew 60-80 at each of her teaching sessions.  At first she purposed to “explain” the teachings of Mr. Cotton, but soon her vanity and pride took over and she was teaching on her own, extrapolating and inferring things from his teaching that he later had to publicly condemn and reject.  Soon, the Antinomian teachings of Mrs. Hutchinson had garnered a large following, and many prominent men and even some Church leaders were turned aside to her false teachings.  The foul doctrine of Antinomianism was said to be poisonous “physicke”(medicine) secretly administered to unsuspecting seekers in "stronger & stronger potions, as they found the Patient able to beare." (Thomas Weld, quoted in John Winthrop's 1644 Short Story of the Rise, reign, and ruine of the Antinomians)

The principle teacher to rise up and combat the growing Antinomian forces was the great Puritan preacher Thomas Shepard.  In Shepard’s biography we find a list of the wicked beliefs taught by the Antinomians:

“The fundamental position which she assumed, and maintained with fierce enthusiasm, was, that a Christian should not look to any Christian graces, or to any conditional promises made to faith or sanctification, as evidence of God’s special grace and love toward him, -- this being a way of works, -- but, without the appearance of any grace, faith, holiness, or change in himself, must rest upon an absolute promise made in an immediate revelation to his soul.  In connection with this doctrine, and as the legitimate results of it, she taught that the Holy Ghost dwells personally in a justified person; that the command to work out our salvation with fear and trembling is addressed to none but such as are under a covenant of works; that personal holiness is not to be regarded as a sign of a justified state; that there is no such thing as inherent righteousness; that immediate revelations respecting future events are to be expected by believers, and should be received as equally authoritative and infallible with the Scriptures; together with many other absurd and foolish notions, which it would seem that none but persons extremely ignorant, or partially insane, could possible believe.”(Life of Thomas Shepard, Works Volume 1)

When Mr. Cotton came to understand the fullness of the error preached by the Antinomians, and that his name was being attached to that error for authority, he renounced and rebuked the opinions of the Antinomians and made plain statements in support of the orthodox party.  This, of course, caused the Antinomians to be very angry with their former teacher, and to reproach him bitterly and to renounce him as a coward, a “blind guide” and a false teacher.

“Hypocrites, indeed, may grow in hypocrisy, Pharisees in self-righteousness, Arminians in fleshly presumption, self-deceivers in delusion, and the untried and unexercised in vain confidence.  But the dead never grow in the divine life, for “the root of the matter” is not in them (Job 19:29).” (J.C. Philpot, Winter Afore Harvest)

The most important mark of the Antinomian is his lawlessness.  The Antinomian everywhere preaches against the law, or spiritualizes it out of existence, -- anything to minimize its condemning effect on the conscience and its mortifying effect on the carnal man.  The Antinomian must preach that the law is abrogated (either in fact or effect) because the perpetual moral law shows forth the lack of fruit in the wicked. The Antinomian has no evidences of a work of grace, because no work of grace has been wrought in him.  So he teaches against “evidences” as acts of legalism.  Anne Hutchinson wanted to be a teacher, and wanted to be highly respected and esteemed; but she never would have been able to conjure up any semblance of true fruit, so she eventually had to go off on her own and condemn fruit as the product of the legalistic heart.

“And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it” (Mark 11:12-14).

When Jesus becomes hungry, and desires to see the fruit and product of His orchard, He comes and examines the tree.   Note that:

a.)     Christ was hungry.  He had a desire, and that desire would be satiated by good fruit coming from a good tree.

b.)    It is a fig tree.  It is designed to produce fruit.  It is designed to satiate the hunger of the husbandman.

c.)     He saw the fig tree afar off.  He knew from a distance what the tree professed to be.  From a distance, one cannot know whether a certain tree is producing fruit, but quite often the assumption is made that since it is a fig tree, it will produce good figs.  This is a dangerous assumption.

d.)    Christ may come at any time, and it is right that he expect fruit and not abundance of leaves from His trees.  At the time of visitation of this tree, “the time of figs was not yet”; but Christ does away with these excuses and demands fruit or will curse the tree to be withered away.

THE GHOSTS OF ANNE HUTCHINSON

Anne Hutchinson and the Antinomians, along with their modern counterparts, reject the necessity of fruit as evidence of graces among God’s elect.  Rod Jordan, modern High Priest of the Antinomians, argues that the commandments are abrogated because Christ kept (or became) each commandment for His elect.  The natural result of this theology is that you may steal freely, because Christ has perfectly kept the commandment in Exodus 20:15 that a man shalt not steal.  A man may freely murder or covet or commit adultery since Christ has perfectly kept those commandments for His elect.  Antinomians believe that the Christian is freed from observance of the moral law when God’s grace is active.  Mr. Jordan preaches this:

Folks, let no man judge you because you do not keep a carnal Sabbath... The truth is, that it is now Christ, our great Redeemer, who has become our true Sabbath rest. It's cut and dried. he has NOT done away with the "Keep the Sabbath" commandment, but rather He, our Lord Jesus Christ, has become the final fulfillment of THE SABBATH TYPOLOGY.”

To the Antinomian, the moral law is “typology”.  Anne Hutchinson could argue that the law was not abrogated, but fulfilled in Christ – therefore it was no more binding on the Christian.  Just as Anne Hutchinson quoted freely from John Cotton (even though he rejected and rebuked her teaching) Rod Jordan, Bob George and other Antinomians love to quote freely from Grace Preachers in support of their aberrant views. Rod Jordan quotes incessantly from A.W. Pink, even though Pink wrote many of the best and most effective works ever written against Antinomianism.  Here is what A.W. Pink has to say about Antinomians like Rod Jordan:

It has been said that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of a Pharisee.  This is true; and it is equally true that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of an Antinomian. This is the character which is expressly given to the carnal mind: it is "enmity against God"; and the proof of this is, that "it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Rom. 8:7). Should we be surprised, then, if we find the underlying principles of Phariseeism and Antinomianism uniting in the same mind? Surely not. There is no more real opposition between these apparently opposing principles, than there is between enmity and pride. Many a slothful servant has hated his master and his service, and yet had he pride and presumption enough to demand his wages. Phariseeism and Antinomianism unite, like Herod and Pilate did, against the Truth.

The term Antinomian signifies one who is against the Law, hence, when we declare that ours is an age of lawlessness, it is only another way of saying that it is an age characterized by Antinomianism. There is little need for us to pause and offer proof that this is an age of lawlessness. In every sphere of life the sad fact confronts us. In the well-nigh total absence of any real discipline in the majority of the churches, we see the principle exemplified. Not more than two generations ago, thousands, tens of thousands, of the loose-living members whose names are now retained on the membership rolls, would have been dis-fellowshipped. It is the same in the great majority of our homes. With comparatively rare exceptions, wives are no longer in subjection to their husbands (Eph. 5:22,24); and as for obeying them (1 Pet. 3:1,2,5,6), why, the majority of women demand that such a hateful word be stricken from the marriage ceremony. So it is with the children - how could it be otherwise? Obedience to parents is almost entirely a thing of the past. And what of conditions in the world? The abounding marital unfaithfulness, Sunday trading, banditry, lynchings, strikes, and a dozen other things that might be mentioned, all bear witness to the frightful wave of lawlessness which is flowing over the country.

What, we may well inquire, is the cause of the lawlessness which now so widely obtains? For every effect there is a cause, and the character of the effect usually intimates the nature of the cause. We are assured that the present wide-spread contempt for human law is the inevitable outgrowth of disrespect for Divine Law. Where there is no fear of God, we must not expect there will be much fear of man. And why is it that there is so much disrespect for Divine Law? This, in turn, is but the effect of an antecedent cause. Nor is this hard to find. Do not the utterances of Christian teachers during the last twenty-five years go far to explain the situation which now confronts us? (A.W. Pink, The Law and the Saint)

The Antinomian will make hay by calling everyone who isn’t an Antinomian a “self-righteous Pharisee”.  The Pharisee label is pinned on anyone who believes in the fullness of the Gospel which consists of both our freedom and our responsibility.  The corruption and wickedness of lawlessness fruit deniers are made obvious when you come to that tree for fruit and find nothing but leaves.  Christ came and found a promising tree, that spoke well of itself, but that could not produce fruit.

“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:43-49).

Christ asks His disciples to do what he says.  Christ says “do”.  The Christian keeps the moral law out of love and duty towards Jesus Christ who was obedient to the cross for him.  So the true Christian says “do, because Christ has done”.  The Antinomian says, “Do not because Christ has done”.  But the one who obeys the commandments of God, and who does those things which the Lord commands, is likened to a house built on the foundation of solid rock.  When the flood rises; when the stream beats vehemently upon the house, it cannot be shaken.  But you will notice that the Antinomian cannot leave the world and obey the commandments of God.  When the stream rises, the Antinomian is carried away with the stream.  The world beats vehemently for professing Christians to do as the world does.  The world cannot keep the Sabbath of God, so the light professor cannot keep it either.  The Antinomian must say he obeys the commandments only “spiritually”, because he refuses to keep them obediently.  The Antinomian cannot bend the man to the law, so he bends the law to fit the man.  Rather than convict himself for his inability to obey God, he convicts the law and changes the law so that he can keep it and satiate his seared conscience.  Let us look again at the Sabbath:

This Commandment makes it clear that God is to be worshipped in the home, which, of course, inculcates the practice of family worship. It is addressed more specifically than any of the other nine Commandments to heads of households and to employers, because God requires them to see to it that all under their charge shall observe the Sabbath. To them, more immediately, God says, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." It is to be strictly set apart to the honor of the thrice holy God, spent in the exercises of holy contemplation, meditation, and adoration. Because it is the day which He has made (Ps. 118:24), we must do nothing to unmake it. This Commandment forbids the omission of any duties required, a careless performing of the same, or a weariness in them. The more faithfully we keep this Commandment, the better prepared shall we be to obey the other nine.” (A.W. Pink - The Ten Commandments)

Anne Hutchinson loved John Cotton until John Cotton reproved and rejected her.  Strangely enough, she held on to her twisted views of his teaching and quoted him profusely, as if his words were hers, although she hated, slandered and bitterly rejected the man.  Rod Jordan places daily Spurgeon quotes, prayers and devotionals on his website.  Look what Spurgeon had to say about Sabbath-rejecters and Antinomians:

“How is the Sabbath to be sanctified? A. The Sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days (Le 23:3), and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God's worship (Ps 92:1,2 Isa 58:13,14), except so much as is taken up in the works of necessity and mercy (Mt 12:11,12).”(Spurgeon’s Catechism).

Spurgeon said,

“...the reason why people become Hyper-Calvinists and Antinomians, is because some, who profess to be Calvinists, often keep back part of the truth, and do not, as Paul did, "declare all the counsel of God"; they select certain parts of Scripture, where their own particular views are taught, and pass by other aspects of God's truth. Such preachers as John Newton, and in later times, your own Christmas Evans, were men who preached the whole truth of God; they kept back nothing that God has revealed; and, as the result of their preaching, Antinomianism could not find a foot-hold anywhere." (Charles Spurgeon, Gospel of Sovereign Grace).

The Antinomian Rod Jordan considers that Charles Spurgeon and A.W. Pink (the very preachers he incessantly quotes and heralds) were “hung up on dead works”, saying that any teacher who makes “an important thing out of keeping a carnal Sabbath” is nothing but a “modern Pharisee” who is “devoid of the Holy Spirit and true Agape love” (Quotes from Rod Jordan – Keeping the True Sabbath).

We really can learn a lot from history.  Some tactics of the devil never change.  The ghosts of Anne Hutchinson walk the land.  Here is the some more from Thomas Shepard’s biography concerning the Antinomian controversy:

“Absurd, licentious, and destructive as those opinions were, they spread among the people with astonishing rapidity; and wherever they took root they produced the bitter fruits of alienation, hatred and slander.  The converts to the new opinions were, as Shepard justly called them, “the scourges of the land, and the most subtle enemies of the power of godliness.”  By their clamor, “the ancient and received truths came to be darkened, God’s name to be blasphemed, the church’s glory diminished, many godly persons grieved, many wretches hardened, deceiving and being deceived, growing worse and worse.”  They labored to destroy the reputation of all those ministers who held the commonly-received doctrines, stigmatizing them as legal preachers who were under a covenant of works, who never knew Christ themselves, and who could not be the instruments of bringing men into the light and liberty of the gospel.” (Life of Thomas Shepard, Works volume I).

Why is this issue so important today?

There is nothing new under the sun.  When the black devil of Antinomianism lifted his head to consume the Church in the middle 1600’s, God saw fit to have many brave, Godly, prepared Puritan ministers who were ready and able to combat him.  The battle was joined by Mr. Shepard and the other Massachusetts Puritans who defended the flock of Jesus Christ against ignorance, error and prideful lawlessness.  Where are the great warriors of today?  Oh Lord, we need them!  We live in very perilous times, because, rather than being attacked by a small sect of zealots led by a woman, Antinomianism today has infected the entire professing Church, and that black devil even intends to try to infect the remnant as well.  The people, like the Antinomian leaders, are too ignorant, lazy and comfortable to put up a meaningful resistance. Only a very few will be spared the dangerous leaven of Antinomianism today.  What are the stakes?  Let us look to an un-attributed story told by a contemporary historian.  This story can be found in the History of Cambridge, at www.harvardsquarelibrary.org.

The story is the story of a man landing in New England for the first time, anxious and hoping to “finde the powerful presence of Christ in the preaching of the word”.  The fiery and effective preaching of the New England Puritans had become legendary around the world, and many people fled the continent of Europe, not to avoid persecution and imprisonment, but to have their hearts lifted and their souls stirred to duty by the wonderful and searching preaching of the Puritans.  This person was met, immediately upon landing and disembarking his ship, by some of Mrs. Hutchinson’s disciples, who were zealous to proselyte him to their doctrine”.  He found this new teaching to be “every man’s discourse” and, himself, being unable to understand or embrace the doctrines, he decided to flee for some peace and quiet.  He found a narrow Indian path that led him into the wilderness, and here among the rocks and trees he attempted to understand and have his heart eased of the things he had heard.  He finally decided not to be committed to an opinion, but instead decided to find a town or village where he might hear one of the able ministers of New England preach.  He prayed that the Lord would let him hear the truth clearly before he would be called upon to make up his mind or get back on a ship returning home again.  Deciding thus, he again began his walk along the path to the next town.  As he entered the town, he heard the beating of a drum.  Curious, he enquired of a local man what the meaning of the drumbeat was.  The townsman replied that since they had as yet no bell to call the men to meeting, they were using a drum instead.  The man asked, “Who lectures at this town?”  The reply came, “I see you are a stranger, new come over, since you know not the man. It is one Mr. Shepard.”

“I am new come over,” said the stranger, “and have been told since I came, that most of your ministers are legall preachers, onely if I mistake not they told me this man preached a finer covenant of works than the other. However, I shall make what haste I can to hear him. Fare you well.” Hastening to the place, he pressed through the thickest crowd into the church, “where having stayed while the glasse was turned up twice, the man was metamorphosed.” He was frequently melted into tears, during the service, and overwhelmed with gratitude to God, whose “blessed spirit caused the speech of a poore weake pale complectioned man to take such impression in his soul.” The preacher “applied to the word so aptly, as if hee had been his privy counseller; cleering Christs worke of grace in the soule from all those false doctrines, which the erronious party had afrighted him withall.” Finding that there was here not only a zeal “for the truth of the discipline, but also of the doctrine,” of the gospel, “he now resolves (the Lord willing) to live and die with the ministers of New England.” (The History of Cambridge, Years of Thomas Shepard).

True repentance; true conviction and compunction for our sins; true conversion from sins; these things are rejected in the Antinomian theological view.  Since the Antinomian (by act and by inference, if not by direct statement) teaches that the Law has been abrogated, the Law cannot work death in the man, and therefore no Grace and fruit can be made evident.

A.W. Pink again,

“But some may ask, ‘Has not the Law been fully abrogated by the coming of Christ into the world? Would you bring us under that heavy yoke of bondage which none has ever been able to bear? Does not the New Testament expressly declare that we are not under the Law, but under Grace; that Christ was made under the Law to free His people therefrom? Is not an attempt to overawe men’s conscience by the authority of the Decalogue (ten commandments) a legalistic imposition, altogether at variance with that Christian liberty which the Savior has brought in by His obedience unto death?’ We answer thus: So far from the Law being abolished by the coming of Christ into this world, He Himself emphatically stated, "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets (the enforcers thereof): I am come not to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled" (Matthew 5:17, 18) . True, the Christian is not under the Law as a Covenant of Works nor as a ministration of condemnation, but he is under it as a rule of life and a means of sanctification.” (A.W. Pink - The Ten Commandments)

“Cleering Christ’s worke of grace in the soule from all of those false doctrines” is the work of the Gospel preacher.  Christ warned that false teachers would come, wearing sheep’s clothing, even though inside they are ravening wolves.  He warned that there would be many who would proclaim Him as Lord and King, while rejecting His commands and refusing to do what He ordered them to do.  Jesus said that only those who do the will of His Father would enter into the Kingdom.

Would you, as Christ has commanded, enter into the Kingdom?

I will endeavor in Part II of this teaching, to expose to the light of the truth the main tool used by today’s wicked Antinomians to bar seekers from being converted and from entering into the Kingdom of God. The Antinomians teach that because Christ kept the commandments perfectly, and (according to them) Christ became our Sabbath’s rest, then we are not responsible for obeying the commandment of God if we have entered into what they call “The True Sabbath”.  We will examine their arguments in light of scripture and in the end we will find out if there is, like the stranger in New England, a remnant left on this continent with “a zeal for the truth of the discipline, but also of the doctrine of the gospel”.

I am your servant in Christ Jesus,

Michael Bunker

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sunday Night's Radio Show 11/18/2012


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Topics include Mr. Bunker's commentary on Galatians 6; and Mr. Bunker's ministry haitus discussion.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Novel Review: From Time to Time, by Jack Finney

This is Michael Bunker's review of the Jack Finney book From Time to Time, which is a sequel to his classic novel Time and Again.  (When the NEW MichaelBunker.com is unveiled, I will be doing more book and media reviews on all kinds of things both religious and secular, so this is for the new REVIEWS section of the new site... coming soon)

From Time to Time is a simply incredible trip back in time, a rewarding read, and a perfect sequel to Time and Again. If you get the opportunity, read my review of that classic novel. If you are what I can only call a "modern reader" (someone who only likes lasers and explosions and sex and something either emotional or flashy or tense happening every second), then just do not bother to read this book. If you are a person who gets bored when reading history or studying the nature and character of things, then you are just not going to appreciate this novel. The whole point of the book, just as in the first novel, and I'm not giving anything away by saying this, is to TRAVEL BACK IN TIME WITH THE AUTHOR. It is not about the mystery or the excitement of the actual mission Si is on in either book. The point of the book is to use words and images and startlingly accurate descriptions to actually take you, the reader, to a very specific place in time. Just as Si must put away the flashy and shallow "newness" of the present in order to be able to go back to another place and time, the reader must do this also. If you are not willing to do that with the author, then you will not make the trip. You will be on Amazon after you read it complaining about long, drawn-out descriptions of details of architecture and shows and plays and seeing Al Jolson, and bitching about how boring it all is. Sorry... you failed. You didn't get it. You are not able to travel back in time. Sorry. Everyone can't do it.

When Si goes back to the future for a time and talks with Rube Prien, there is a very telling discussion. Rube is questioning Si about all the minute details of the trip. "What did Broadway look like?", etc. Si is surprised that Rube isn't more interested in the mission. All Rube can ask is "What was it like?!" THAT IS THE POINT! It isn't about the mission. The mission and the mystery and the spy stuff is just a framework for the story. You are supposed to be Rube. You are supposed to think that that stuff is ancillary, and that the REAL interest is... just what was life like back then? What did it look like? What did it taste like? What did it feel like? Si's journey is supposed to be about the very fact of seeing something from another time in very specific detail. To feel as if you are there. Almost 100% of time-travel works fail in this regard. But Jack Finney is remarkably adept at the detail that allows us to take the trip with him.

Every book is not for everyone, and I understand that. What I can't understand is anyone not even getting the point of what is a great and intricate work of fiction. This is a sequel for God's sake, and the sequel of another book that should have taught you the point of it all.

From Time to Time is a charming sequel to an American classic work of art. From a Moxie billboard, to the details of the Flatiron building, to lectures on dance in the early 20th Century, to a child spinning a top on the deck of the Titanic, this is a book about the details... and FOR those who appreciate them. It is not about bullets flying and laser beams and space creatures and zombies. It is about TIME. There is mystery, and excitement, and suspense, and even some forbidden love, but in the end those are a brilliant mechanism used by the author to tell a story about time.

Leave all the modern stuff and the garbage and the superficiality behind for a short while and take a trip back in time again with Si. If your mind is right, you can make the trip and enjoy it immensely. I did.

Michael Bunker