Monthly Archives: June 2014

Did Jesus Say He Existed from Eternity?

G. Campbell Morgan

Certain things Christ said of Himself, either in formal declaration, or incidentally, reveal His self-existence, as apart from His relationship, either to God or to man. In certain passages He spoke out of an eternal consciousness. Almost all the great declarations of Christ revealing His eternal consciousness, and concerning His relationship to God, are found in the Gospel according to John. Bishop Westcott said of this Gospel, “The Gospel of St. John from first to last is a record of the conflict between men’s thoughts of Christ, and Christ’s revelation of Himself.”

The first of these statements, “I came forth, and am come from God,” is a most remarkable word, not describing a fellowship of nearness with God, but one which is essential. The real suggestion of the declaration, “I came forth from God,” is not that He came from the side of God, from companionship with God, as an angel might; but that He came out of the essential mystery of the Being of God.

The declaration, “Before Abraham was, I am,” was introduced by that formula of which He occasionally made use when desiring to fasten attention upon a subject: “Verily, verily.” This moreover was a direct and intended contrast on His part between the temporal and the eternal. “Abraham was”; that is a term of the temporal; but before that, “I am,” which in that contrast becomes distinctly a term of the eternal.

In the last of these three passages we have a perfect summary of the whole mission of Christ as recorded in the Gospels, “I came out from the Father, and am come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go unto the Father.”

It is impossible, and unnecessary, for us to consider fully the value of these words separately. The fact to be observed is that our Lord referred to Himself in such a way that the implication of His references is that of an eternal existence. It is important that we notice the persistence of the Person, of the “I,” through these passages: “I came forth, and am come from God” ; “Before Abraham was, I am” ; “I came out … am come into . . . I leave . . . and go unto.”

Trojan Horse 2 Pride of Life: 7 Mountains Mandate Exposed

G. Craig Lewis

The 7 mountain theology goes against God’s plan for the family and it’s powerful influence on society. Instead of building strong homes and building character in our children by example, preachers are seeking validation from the world systems. By striving for world dominance and wordily achievements, we can ignore the issues in our homes. But the issues in our homes are the catalyst for the sin of the people. This is where dysfunction is birthed and nurtured. Our focus should be the home and not wordily achievements. 1Tim. 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) The 7 mountain theology has not been successful. It’s preached and propagated by people that HAVE NO PROOF of it’s effectiveness and thusly, cannot prove it to be an effective doctrine. Most of those that preach this theology have left the very avenues of influence they speak of to teach others how to be effective in being influential in those same avenues they abandoned.

The bible doesn’t teach this theology. It never teaches us to go after the culture, or worldly achievements to claim them for Christ.
God stripped all of his apostles of their worldly positions and they were all demoted in the eyes of the world, but promoted in the eyes of Christ. 1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Those that teach this doctrine claim that evangelism is flawed. Well, the only flaw in evangelism today is the fact that the Gospel the way it was written is not being preached! The 7 mountain idea is proof of this! Men are seeking platforms and riches. They are seeking man made revival instead of basic foundational living and principles. They are wanted and desiring to be lifted up on these said mountains so they can get glory just as the world does. This is why the church and evangelism seems ineffective. It’s the people that are lifted up that are harming the cause.

To push your children to seek arts, entertainment, media, etc. is not a good idea. To push your children to promote themselves and seek the applause of men is to put them in the position of compromise and seeking the pride of life. We should never encourage our children to seek after vain glory. Gal. 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. The Kingdom of God is not tangible! It’s the actions of Christ against the world. Rom. 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Daniel can’t be used! He was in bondage and never looked for an opportunity to take over the chaldeans. The reason he got in the den and in the position to influence the king was because he wouldn’t bow down. Yet he never made an effort to get in the den, but because he was praying in secret, he was rewarded openly. Had nothing to do with him influencing people with his actions or words.