European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc.
January 2002 Newsletter
John S. Torell
During the year 2001 God gave me two subjects on which to preach. First, that "HARMONY WITH GOD BRINGS TOTAL HEALING TO THE PHYSICAL BODY" and secondly "UNDERSTANDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD," a total of 52 messages. The second series is still going and will probably last throughout 2002. I have covered the five books of Moses and we are currently in the book of Revelation.
As I have to dig deeply into the Bible to present this message, one thing has been crystallized in my mind, and that is the greatness of God in His eternal glory and the pettiness in mankind who for the last 7,000 years has been doing the same thing over and over again: trying to become wealthy and powerful on this earth, enjoying as many earthly pleasures as possible, and waging war to achieve these goals.
Political systems come and go, rulers come and go but the eternal values of God endure from generation to generation. There will always be wars on this planet, there is always going to be a struggle for power. Rulers are going to talk about just causes for waging war, which is a cover up for the naked truth, keeping the standard of living as high as possible and controlling as much territory as possible until Jesus comes back.
What really matters is for each person on this earth to make peace with God through Jesus Christ, repent and be born again and receive eternal life in heaven once we die. All the great empires in the past boasted about A JUST CAUSE to wage war, in order to preserve that particular empire. Young men were sacrificed on the many battle fields, while the political rulers lived in luxury, fulfilling every lustful desire coming from their hearts. The Babylonian empire, the Hittite, Persian, the Greek, the Roman, these lasted from a short time to more than 1,000 years. But today they are buried in history, the people are dead and most of them are in hell, their riches and glory vanished.
Napoleon dreamed of ruling the world with all people speaking French, England tried to build an empire second to none, and for awhile the boast in London was that the sun never set on the British Empire. Now the sun has gone down for the British. Joseph Stalin planned to conquer the whole world; today the Soviet Union is no more and Stalin himself is burning in hell. Adolf Hitler was going to build the 1000 year Reich which lasted twelve years and was vaporized in fire and smoke.
As Christians, we must take care that we do not get caught up in current political events, regardless of how high the pitch. As we head down for a final showdown with evil, which will take place under the reign of the Antichrist, let us focus on Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and do what He has told us to do, evangelize and reach one person at a time for the Lord Jesus Christ and get them saved for eternity.
Let me use this newsletter to comment on different events which are unfolding before our eyes at this time.
THE DECAYING OF FORMER
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) was formed in 1991 by liberal Southern Baptists, and they have just held their 10-year anniversary in Atlanta, Georgia. At this convention there were many speakers, but the most well known was the former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter proposed to the delegates at the convention that a new alliance should be formed to cooperate on social issues.
Currently The Baptist General Convention of Texas, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and Baptists Committed have joined the CBF in discussion concerning the new alliance. Jimmy Carter was hoping that the European Baptist Federation and the American Baptist Churches USA would also join the talks.
Mr. Carter sharply attacked those conservative Baptists who are attempting to take a stand against homosexuality and women pastors. Here is a direct quote from his speech, reported in Baptist Press, June 2, 2001:
The damage by Jimmy Carter is great. He is a friendly, easy going person, doing a lot of social work, like building housing for the poor and feeding the hungry around the world. Thus, he is perceived by people in the world as a nice, warm friendly human being and when he is spewing out the apostasy teaching from the pit of hell, people will accept it. People do not listen to evil men, so the Devil knows how to package his lies to a gullible group of people.
The three-day event also featured a worship service sponsored by Baptist Women in Ministry (BWIM), an auxiliary group of the CBF and an annual Baptist Women in Ministry breakfast. During the worship service participants worshiped God as "mother" and eliminated the references to God as "Lord" and "King." (Baptist Press, 6/2/01)
In Religion Today, July 2, 2001, the breakfast sponsored by BWIM was written up in a feature story, and I am quoting the following from this article:
FROM WHERE COMES SUCH A
The Devil duped the Greeks, and they placed the gods they worshiped on mount Olympus. In Greece he was known as Zeus with a host of female gods, all birthed by Cybele. The Vikings called him Oden and called the home of the gods Valhalla.
This garbage teaching would have been impossible to get into fundamental Christian churches as long as the Bible (the King James Bible in the English speaking world) was held in high esteem and ministers upheld God’s Word and preached repentance from sin, the blood of Jesus in the atonement for salvation, the necessity for being born again, and then living a holy consecrated life.
To get control over the ministers in the United States, the Devil could not take out the generation that was in the pulpits. So he decided to go after all divinity schools, and destroy the curriculum. Through the Order of Skull and Bones in the 19th century, university after university fell under the control of Satan, first Yale, then Princeton and all the rest of the Ivy League schools.
Around 1900 this hell crop of new divinity graduates began to fan out all over America and the fight had begun. D.L. Moody, his right hand man, R.A. Torrey, Billy Sunday, and many others fought it hard. They called for prayer meetings and held revival meetings and up through World War II Satan was unable to break through the lines of God’s people. 2
But by the end of the 1950's, almost all seminaries of all American denominations had been taken over by the hell crop of professors, which had been produced at the Ivy League schools. And once they were in control, the destruction of future pastors began.
When I was called into the ministry on April 16, 1967, my pastor (a staunch Bible believing conservative fundamentalist Southern Baptist preacher), told me something strange. "John, you need to go to seminary to learn a few things, but when you graduate, throw away all the books they will have you buy." I did not understand this, but once I came to the seminary, it did not take me more than one day to know what he was talking about.
MY INTRODUCTION TO HIGHER
LEARNING IN THE SEMINARY
There were about 100 men beginning their studies that fall, and probably most of us were in shock at what we heard. But it was going to get worse. As the classes began, the destruction of our faith began. All the professors at the seminary had at one time or another held the position of pastor for a Southern Baptist Church, but their zeal for the Lord had long ago vanished and they had developed into a proud group of intellectuals, bragging about their doctor’s degrees and the graduate work at some Ivy League divinity school.
THE BIBLE DESTROYED
In other words, don’t preach from the Old Testament saying "thus says the Lord," instead glean some principles and make it into a mild philosophy which could help people in their daily lives. Don’t talk to people about the miracles recorded in the Old Testament, they never happened, it was all fabricated in order to build the faith of the people of Israel. For example, the professor told us that when the Israelites crossed over the Red Sea, the water was only a foot deep. Someone then remarked to the professor that God must have done a miracle when he drowned the entire army of Pharaoh in just a foot of water. The professor did not think that this was funny.
The professor in charge of the New Testament was not any better. He taught us that the four Gospels were hearsay and that no one on the earth knew exactly what Jesus had spoken. We were told, "never quote in a sermon ‘Jesus said,’ just use the four Gospels as principal teaching, there are no absolutes." The books of Acts was recorded by overzealous apostles, trying to make an impression, miracles never had taken place, and there are certainly no miracles for us today.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. Mark 16:15-18
The book of Revelation was a despised book. Here was the spin on that book. The apostle John had been taken to the prison colony on the island of Patmos. He wanted to communicate with his church in Ephesus, and therefore he wrote the book of Revelation as an allegorical coded book, which had nothing to do with the future, and that he had not had a heavenly vision, he just tried to outsmart his Roman prison guards.
I was not a popular student with the professors, since I challenged them over and over again. Finally, one professor told me this: "I don’t care, John Torell, what you believe, but I demand that when you take the tests, you will answer according to the teaching criteria you have heard." I told him that I would comply with that, as long as I could put in my rebuttal at the end of the test. He had no other choice than to accept it, and for the next three years that is what happened.
There were many students who dropped out of school and the ministry all together, totally disillusioned. Others became so angry that they left and just started a ministry of their own. Just before I started the seminary, a young student by the name of Arthur Blessit spent one year at Golden Gate, and then moved on to his world wide ministry without a degree. One of my friends at the seminary was Robert Hymer, who later moved to the Los Angeles area and has become a strong fundamentalist preacher, defending the Bible and the works of God. But most of the students became brainwashed and went on to become pastors and missionaries, toeing the line and not making any waves. Thus, the Devil was successful. The seminary had become a "factory" turning out "social engineers" who did not know the power of God, nor could they point lost people to a loving God who wants to interact with people. We were taught to send people to doctors and psychiatrists and if things became very bad, refer them to a mental institution. During my second year at the seminary I took a class as an intern counselor at the Napa State Mental Hospital.
A number of the staff did not believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, and the belief system of the professors went from almost being an agnostic to a humanistic faith in Jesus as preaching a social gospel, but void of any redemptive power.
Also during my second year, a young man working in the administration at the seminary became suicidal on a weekend. Since he and his wife were attending the same Southern Baptist Church in San Rafael and they were about our age, we had become good friends. That Sunday morning in church his wife came with tears and told me that her husband had locked himself in the bathroom and was going to kill himself.
As soon as the service was over, we rushed over to their apartment and were able to talk him into coming out and speaking with me. I realized that the man was infested with demons, and that afternoon I did what Jesus did when he was here on earth, I cast out the demons of the man and he became like a new person. We then prayed for his wife who had asthma and cast the demons out of her. She was set free and healed from her asthma. For a number of years they had tried to start a family, but were told they could not have any children. In one year she gave birth to their first child, and then to one more. Of course the man could not report his healing to his supervisors, but all the people on the staff knew that he no longer needed the psychiatrist to whom he had been sent.
This man moved on in the Southern Baptist Convention and later on became a top leader. But, in order to advance, he had to break all ties with my wife and me and not talk about what God had done in his life.
THE MORAL DESTRUCTION
We were introduced to what was known as "HIGHER CRITICISM", developed by the German Johann G. Eichhorn (1752-1827) which cast doubt upon biblical text and caused the student to lose his faith in the reliability of the Bible. The German clergyman and former missionary Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976) was held in high esteem by the professors. He was the leading so-called scholar to "demythologize" the New Testament. These are the men who destroyed Christianity in Europe.
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary was the dream of hard working Southern Baptist pastors, who had come out from the south and labored hard to establish Bible anchored churches in California. These were simple men, having faith in God and washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. They wanted to established a learning center, where young men could be trained to become future pastors. What they did not know was that the school would be stolen from them, and taken over by men with reprobate minds.
When I started at the seminary, there was a student attending from the Assemblies of God denomination. Since at that time the Assemblies of God did not have accredited schools which could offer a degree in divinity, many Assemblies of God future pastors would attend Southern Baptist Seminaries. Once this student graduated, he began pastoring Assemblies of God churches. Eventually he ended up in the city of Roseville, California. But to my sorrow and surprise, I found out that the man had resigned from the church and instead had opened a counseling clinic which today is a money making enterprise. The man is using his training in psychology to work with people with emotional problems. There is no room for Jesus here, instead counseling and mind altering drugs are used on people who are hurting.
At the time of my stay at the seminary, there was a total of six seminaries run by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), all destroyed by the liberal agnostics. For the last 30 years these "preacher factories" have produced men of no faith, week and totally dependant upon worldly methods to run churches. Even men like Charles Stanley and Ed Young, among the best the SBC has today, if you listen to them, you will find that they are using new Bible translations and they are not stating, "THUS SAYS THE LORD!" Instead they are using the principles from the Bible to teach Christians how to believe and live.
The conditions I have described to you are not confined to the SBC. There is, to my knowledge, no evangelical or Pentecostal denomination in the United States today which has not had their theological schools perverted. The only well known school today, which is still adhering to the Bible, to my knowledge, is Bob Jones University. It has been criticized and ridiculed for many years. When candidate, George W. Bush, spoke at the school during his election campaign, the liberal perverts in the United States howled and forced Bush to say that he did not agree with the policies of the school. I am sure that there are small Christian education centers here and there in the United States, but most of them would not be accredited.
WHY DID I STAY AT THE
SEMINARY AND GRADUATE?
However, I do not recommend any young person today, who is called by God into the ministry, to attend Bible colleges or seminaries unless you have a personal mandate from God Himself to go. Instead I have gone back to the old way practiced by the church as described in the book of Acts. Young people were trained directly under a senior pastor with hands on in the ministry, and in due time they would get their own church.
This is how the apostle Paul raised up Timothy, Titus and others. But you have to find a pastor and a church that is true to the Word of God and that has not compromised in doctrinal integrity.
A SPIRITUALLY DESTROYED
The "hippies" or the "flower children" of the 1960's and the drug infested rock and roll generation of the 1970's are now politicians, military officers, judges, doctors, police officers, nurses etc. and they are now making their mark on American society. This is the Dr. Spock generation, raised on television and driven by one emotion, their own selfish egotistical desire to gratify their perverted cravings. If you really want to know how bad these people are, look at the former president, Bill Clinton, and his wife Hillary. They are not unique, they are representative of their generation.
These generations have moved the homosexuals out of the closet and made it a crime to label homosexuality as a sin. They are the ones spewing out the pornography and the filth over TV, the internet and in the movies. When you look at the so-called pop diva "Madonna" you will see "a glorified whore," or the unashamed prostitute, Britney Spears. Michael Jackson was accused as a pedophile, but with his money he bought himself out of that. O. J. Simson hired a "dream team" of attorneys and got away with murder. The list is long and the decay is all around us. The bottom line is this, DON’T EXPECT DECENCY AND JUSTICE FROM A GENERATION THAT IS PERVERTED! THEY DON’T HAVE IT, THEY DON’T KNOW ANY BETTER.
ARE ALL THINGS LOST?
Our children in our home church in Sacramento, Resurrection Life of Jesus Church, are precious and hungry to learn more of God, singing praises and worshiping the King of kings and Lord of lords. We have young men and women, totally sold out to God, who we are raising up as ministers and missionaries for the future. Jesus said, "Occupy until I come", and that is exactly what we are doing here in this ministry. If you have not joined us yet, come and be part of us, regardless of where you live.
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LET US MAKE YEAR 2002 TO BE A BANNER YEAR FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
THE DARKER IT GETS THE MORE WE CAN SHINE!
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