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Authorities To Arrest Canadian Father If He Refers To Trans Child As Her Real Sex
LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational purposes and as a follow up on an article from the same source that we posted in March of this year titled “Canadian Court Rules Parents Can’t Stop 14-Year-Old From Taking Trans Hormones.” What the Canadian and U.S. governments and educational systems are doing to children via the transgender movement is horrible child abuse. Please remember to pray for this young Canadian girl (“Maxine”) and her parents.

“Authorities To Arrest Canadian Father If He Refers To Trans Child As Her Real Sex”

By Jeremiah Keenan
The Federalist

Last Wednesday, The Federalist reported that the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, declared a father guilty of family violence for his polite refusal to refer to his daughter as a boy in private, and his repeated choice to affirm in media interviews that she is a girl.

At about the same time that story was published, the Supreme Court issued an additional, more heavy-handed “protection order” from the same ruling. The three-page document declares that the father, Clark* [not his real name], will henceforth be subject to arrest, immediately and “without warrant” if any police officer has “reasonable” grounds to believe that he has in any way referred to his daughter as a girl in public or in private. Click here to continue reading.

Related Reading:

“Liberal Feminist Mother Warns Transgender Activists Are Taking Control of Mental Health Profession”

Ex-transgender: “We are ruining an entire generation of young people”

Canadian Government Says Lighthouse Trails Transgender Booklet “Hate Propaganda” – Will Not Allow It In Their Country

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Mother Goddess Worshiped at Bethel Redding Sister Church

LTRP Note: To understand more about “Mother Goddess Worship,” read John Lanagan and Maria Kneas’ booklet, Goddess Worship in America and How It’s Affecting the Church.

By John Lanagan
The Word Like Fire Ministries

The unclean spirit behind the goddess of The Shack, the novel written by Paul Young, is still at work. It seems more than coincidental that Bethesda NW, a Bethel Redding sister church,* uses Young’s hellish interpretation of El Shaddai; and just like in the novel, the Holy Spirit has also been feminized, addressed in the service as “Mama Ghost.”

Paul Young, author of The Shack, would be proud:

“El Shaddai, the double breasted one.” (Tisha Straup, Bethesda NW sermon on 5/26/19)

“Do you need healing from a Mother? Only comes from El Shaddai.” (Bethesda NW worship leader on 5/12/19)

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:18)

It began on Mother’s Day with the worship team. They sang:

12:58 mark: Mama God, will you talk to us?

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Comments From Our Readers

The following are some of the comments that came in this past two weeks from our readers regarding articles posted on our blog. If you would like to post a comment to one of our articles, you may do so at the blog. You only need to give your first name. We would be grateful to hear from you, and such feedback is helpful for others. You can also post comments on the Lighthouse Trails Research Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LighthouseTrailsResearch.

Letter to the Editor and All Contenders of the Faith: 3 Things to Consider: Great article and many great responses. I have lived and lamented over this for almost 20 years like layers of an onion, things have been revealed to me under each layer. I believe many well-meaning pastors and church leaders just don’t have their guard up because they think the Holy Spirit would not allow them to be deceived. I say there are none so deceived as those who believe they cannot be deceived. Ralph

Mother Goddess Worshiped at Bethel Redding Sister Church: The article LHT posted by Carl Teichrib says it all, “Earth Day and a Total Transformation for a Post-Christian World.” Mother Earth is the Deity and the so called church is now switching over to worship of this pagan deity. And no marvel, they are already totally apostate, so don’t worship the true God anyway. But it is a seductive insidious attempt to get people to think their god is the true god. First, in the Shack, it was presented as allegory, and so this was a cunning way the enemy of our soul used to snare people into thinking of God in a different way by feminizing him. Carl states in his article: “In Grecian times, the supreme Earth deity was Gaia, also known as the Universal Mother.” This is where we are at, total blasphemy against God and total apostasy. And I don’t believe this is limited to only a few “churches”, it is spreading, as Carl states in his article that: “Sadly, pastors and congregations around the world are parroting the message of Earth Day and the leaders of global environmental governance.” We are on the verge of seeing this global counterfeit religion completely take shape. Heidi

Authorities To Arrest Canadian Father If He Refers To Trans Child As Her Real Sex: I agree, it’s time for that family to get out of “Dodge” (Canada). Unbelievable, isn’t it, HOW ungodly things (people) have become in such a short period of time!?! CW

Letter to the Editor and All Contenders of the Faith: 3 Things to Consider: Those accusing LT are likely clueless regarding the unrelenting attack on the church. The attack is coming from almost every angle, at an ever increasing pace. Having been in a brass group, we played in a wide range of Protestant churches and events, over many years. I am dumfounded by the number of churches tainted by things such as new age garbage to godless ultra left-wingism. This ranges from more minor falling away to full throttle evil. Just checking the websites of these churches provides clues. If I were to guess, an estimated 70-80% of churches in our area are tainted, at least in a small way; and maybe it is worse than this. Thank God for websites like LT because it is difficult to nearly impossible for individuals to identify the most of the players and programs in Satan’s sneak multi-facetted attacks. “Christian” celebrities/heavy-weights are among the worst sources. Part of their message may be good but the rest is destructive to Christianity and makes accommodations for many many things that have no business being in the same universe as the God of the Bible. Sadly many friends have been sucked down the drain of the deceptive cesspool. The spirit of anti-Christ is certainly having many successes ——-for now. Joel

Letter to the Editor and All Contenders of the Faith: 3 Things to Consider: Great encouragement! Its the same in the UK too I’m afraid…..your article is a blessing! God ‘shouted’ Ezekiel 33 at me last year when I needed to speak up…which I did and am no longer in my church after 22 years being there. But I felt a liberation if I’m honest. I did what was right in God’s eyes, not man’s. Blessings to you and all at LT in Jesus’ Holy and awesome Name! Crystal

Letter to the Editor and All Contenders of the Faith: 3 Things to Consider: Thank you, Mark! I have to say hallelujah! Hallelujah is used to express praise, joy, or thanks according to Merriam-Webster’s definition. I say this uplifting article caused all three for me (and surely for others too)! When this letter ‘to the Editor’ is printed in the next Lighthouse trails Journal, I’m framing it. God bless you, Mark, for the encouraging talk and for lighting a fire(if one needed to be lit). I loved: ‘LT is not a ministry for toddlers’ and so it isn’t, praise God! We need the truth no matter if it hurts, no mollycoddling foolishness. Lay it on the line, clearly, just like John the Baptist did! Iva

Authorities To Arrest Canadian Father If He Refers To Trans Child As Her Real Sex":When the hospital that delivered the baby said it was a girl, why isn’t that hospital now sue-able since they were wrong and the baby says its a boy? What about school systems that treated that child as a girl yet which is really a boy? Is this the start of lawsuits since the parents thought they had one gender but now find that they have another? B.L.

Authorities To Arrest Canadian Father If He Refers To Trans Child As Her Real Sex": This is common now. I have three Christian friends. One’s grand daughter came out as gay, (in her 20’s) there is no contact on their side with my friend. My other Christian friend has a daughter in her early 20’s and she has cut her hair real short dresses like a boy, and told her mom she changed her name, and that she is to be called by that name. The other’s grand daughter has now cut her hair real short and wears boys clothing and dark male glasses, she is 14. Her mother has make it known she is an atheist. One common theme of all these 3 women is the family’s have pretty much have cut off my friends because they know they are Christian. One of these friends of mine was also abandoned by 5 other ladies who she has known all her life since childhood because of her love for Israel. They use to meet every month for lunch. It’s just like Jesus said it would be in the last days in Luke 17:26-29.Annie

Federally Funded Study: Common Core Sunk U.S. Kids’ Test Scores: The sinister truth behind Common Core is that it is based upon and inspired by the “World Core Curriculum” developed by the first Assistant Secretary General of the U.N., New Age Theosophist Robert Muller. He claims to have recieved his inspiration and instruction from a channeled “Ascended Master” (ie: seducing, deceptive, demonic spirit). Common Core was promoted and introduced into the US educational system by Globlaist puppet Obama with the help of Globaliats Bill Gates who provided hundreds of millions to bribe state governors to accept Common Core sight unseen. All but 4 states took the bait and implemented this mess of a curriculum to the detriment of those children subjected to the government indoctrination centers known as “public schools.” There is a lot of info on the internet about all of this and not hard to uncover if one is inclined to learn the truth. Deborah G.

Mother Goddess Worshiped at Bethel Redding Sister Church: Seems like an easy jump from Feminism to goddess worship. The young women at my church want to be “Fierce” and be “Lionesses Arising”. So tired of the Girl Power indoctrination from preschool on. Jerilyn

Mother Goddess Worshiped at Bethel Redding Sister Church: The Bible says that Christ Jesus is the "image of the invisible God", "the exact representation of His nature"! God's best and highest expression is in His "Son"! Even we women are to be "in Christ" and Christ "in us". And the Father is in Christ and Christ in the Father! (John 17) No heavenly mother in the Bible! Herb and Christiana

Mother Goddess Worshiped at Bethel Redding Sister Church: Pure New Age Mysticism. Heading directly down the path toward the worship of Mary, Queen of Heaven in place of Jesus... Patricia

Native American Men Who Longed For “the Book” and Were Denied:That is the saddest story I ever heard about the settling of the west. How sad the delegation lived and died without knowing Jesus. How sad “Christians” did not love Jesus love their neighbors, and love His Gospel enough to want everyone to hear it or see it as their duty to obey God’s Word and share it. Phyllis

Native American Men Who Longed For “the Book” and Were Denied: Its like most 'Christian' parents, teachers, preachers, who neglect to teach the BIBLE to the young, under the Satanic False Notion that the young 'already know' the BIBLE and are not interested. The Secular world tries to 'talk out' what little Bible a child may know, when in reality most children were 'NEVER talked into it." Carl

Native American Men Who Longed For “the Book” and Were Denied: Love the stories by this missionary! I read his books before I go to sleep and sleep really good! Terri

Authorities To Arrest Canadian Father If He Refers To Trans Child As Her Real Sex": What a travesty. The father is the only person in this story who seems to genuinely care about the health and emotional consequences for his daughter. The others are just trying to push an agenda. This is highly personal to me as I have a close family member who believes they were meant to be another sex. Mary Jo.

 

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Neglecting to Test the Spirits—A Tragedy of Enormous Proportions

If there is one thing we don’t hear much about from today’s Christian leaders and pastors, it is the importance of testing the spirits. The idea comes from the Bible in 1 John 4:1, which states:

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

This can relate both to the experiential and the doctrinal. With either, we need to remember that not every experience and not every doctrine is “of God” because indeed there are “many false prophets” in the world and in the “church” today, and there are many “voices” that are not from God.

“The Voice of Love”—Is There a Need to Test the Spirits?

The question of whether or not we need to test the spirits gets various answers depending on whom you are talking to and listening to. According to the Catholic mystic Basil Pennington in his classic book Centering Prayer (who, along with Thomas Keating and Thomas Merton, introduced “centering prayer” to the layperson), there is no need to test the spirits when in the state of “silence” induced by practicing contemplative meditation or centering prayer. Pennington stated:

Isn’t there a danger, if we leave off thinking and judging and just be quiet, that we might be opening not to God and his activity but to the activity of the evil spirits? St. John of the Cross brings out in his teaching that when we enter into contemplative prayer, we need have no fear of the deceptions of the Evil One, because he cannot touch us at that level of our being. . . . He cannot himself penetrate into our spiritual being. There is danger, a need for discernment, in active prayer, in which we are using our imagination and feelings, for he can influence these. But in Centering Prayer we ignore these faculties and simply let images and feelings float away. They do not affect our prayer, so the Evil One cannot touch it. We are engaged at a level that the Lord has made his own through grace and baptism. We are out of the Devil’s reach. Only God can penetrate this level of our being. So we are completely safe in contemplative prayer. (emphasis added, Centering Prayer, p. 227, Kindle edition)

So, in other words, according to Pennington, the enemy can get to us in regular prayer where our minds are actively engaged, but when we enter into the contemplative “sacred space” (i.e., stopping all thought and putting our minds into neutral by repeating a word or phrase or focusing on the breath), we have no danger of being influenced or touched by Satan. What Pennington is proposing is very scary because the objective, according to contemplative leaders, is to hear God’s voice (Keating says, “God’s first language is silence,” Intimacy With God, p. 153; and Brennan Manning calls it “the Voice of Love” The Signature of Jesus, p. 215). If we go by Pennington’s advice, we do not need to question this voice of love we hear during contemplative meditation (i.e., it will always be good and always from God).

Sarah Young’s Jesus—The Voice of God?

We know that Sarah Young is an advocate of contemplative prayer, so does she believe that these “messages” from “Jesus” in her best-selling book Jesus Calling do not need to be tested and are absolutely, without a doubt, from God (as Pennington believes)? Young never says that they do need to be tested. And from what we have observed for several years from church leaders and pastors, they don’t believe her messages from “Jesus” need to be tested either. Take a look at this list of endorsers of her book* (many names of which you will definitely know), and do you recall any of them saying to test the spirit that is in Jesus Calling?

Warren B. Smith discusses testing the spirits in his book, “Another Jesus” Calling:

There is no evidence that the spirits are being tested to see if Sarah Young’s best-selling messages are from the true Jesus Christ.

Given that Sarah Young’s “Jesus” is delivering messages that are being read around the world, it is imperative for readers to know if she is really hearing from the true Jesus Christ.

Scripture’s warning to believers to “try the spirits” (1 John 4:1) is nowhere to be found in Jesus Calling. To the contrary, when Sarah Young’s “Jesus” is quoted in Jesus Calling as saying, “You must learn to discern what is My voice and what is not,”1 he gives her some very dangerous counsel. With no mention of 1 Timothy 4:1’s warning about “seducing spirits,” he says, “Ask My Spirit to give you this discernment.”2 But if the “Jesus” that Sarah Young is listening to is not the true Jesus Christ, then this false “Christ” is instructing her to ask his spirit to tell her what is true and what is not. Consequently, instead of testing the spirit, she is asking and trusting the spirit that she should be testing. This can only lead to greater deception and confusion. This counsel by Sarah Young’s “Jesus” cleverly works to prevent the detection of a counterfeit “Jesus,” which obviously plays right into the hands of our spiritual Adversary. (pp. 53-54, “Another Jesus” Calling, 2nd ed.)

What is the Test?

In David Dombrowski’s article/booklet, Dear Pastor and Christian Leader: Have You Grown Careless About the Gospel?, he states:

Sometimes we are asked, what is the criteria for deciding whether or not a doctrine or practice is biblical or validates criticism? . . .

There is but one test that we have used consistently from the inception of Lighthouse Trails. The Book of Proverbs says: “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight (Proverbs 11:1).

And again from Proverbs: “Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good  (Proverbs 20:23).

It is interesting that Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, placed such emphasis on accurate scales. It is even more amazing that God would call false scales an abomination—amazing only until we realize that God is speaking of the spiritual—not just physical scales here.

So what we are looking for is a spiritual balancing scale—something that will reappear throughout the Bible—through the Old and New Testaments. There is such a scale, a consistent theme, which John refers to in his first epistle:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:1-3)

Some Bible commentators have believed that John was referring here to a particular sect who denied that Jesus Christ actually came in a human body. If that is all John meant, then this passage is of little relevance to us today, because you will scarcely find anyone who does not believe that Jesus as a historical figure was a man who walked the Earth. But the name Jesus Christ in this passage is not a historical term; it is a name loaded with meaning —referring to Jesus as the Messiah, God come in the flesh, our Savior and Redeemer, who atoned for our sins. If we look at the context of 1 John 4, we can verify that this is what John is talking about because in it he says, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world” (1 John 4:14). In other words, John is saying here, I am referring to the Jesus I wrote about in my gospel— the Word made flesh who in the beginning was with God and was God (see John chapter 1).

This is the balancing scale we have been looking for. Just as all human history and our blessed hope hinges on what Jesus did on the Cross, so too we can weigh a doctrine or practice by whether or not it agrees with the fact that we are justified by faith alone through the atoning, redemptive work of Christ on the Cross. The question then is, does a particular doctrine or teaching agree with the Gospel the apostles all preached?

With this discerning tool in hand, if you stop to measure all of the world’s religions and systems, you will find that all of these are opposed to the Gospel. The natural man will not acknowledge the need for a Savior, consequently all of the world’s belief systems (except biblical Christianity) are works based—believing it is possible to earn our way into Heaven [or to become “Christ-like” through mysticism and “spiritual disciplines” which is is the foundation and thrust of Spiritual Formation/contemplative prayer]. But the Gospel says it is not possible. John knew all too well the contrariness of the natural man and the world’s belief systems. That is why in the same chapter of his epistle, he offers another test:

“[H]e that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” (1 John 4:6)

In other words, John is saying that when the world rejects you for sharing the Gospel, it is because the Spirit of truth is not in them.

Whichever way you look at it, the Gospel is the fulcrum of our balance in discerning truth from error. When Lighthouse Trails Publishing began, this became, and has always been, our standard of truth and also the deciding factor as to whether something is significant enough to bring to the attention of our readers. We are careful not to get involved in issues in the church where the Gospel is not attacked or compromised; but when it is, we are compelled to speak up—because as believers in Christ, we are called to defend the Gospel.

A Moment of Truth With a Moment of Terror

It is definitely worth noting that contemplative pioneer, Richard Foster, had something very interesting to say about demons and contemplative prayer. In a round about way, it was a moment of truth for him because we have only heard him say it once. And it seems like a contradiction to Pennington’s advice (even though Foster got it wrong too as Roger Oakland explains below):

Proponents of contemplative prayer say the purpose of contemplative prayer is to tune in with God and hear His voice. However, Richard Foster claims that practitioners must use caution. He admits that in contemplative prayer “we are entering deeply into the spiritual realm” and that sometimes it is not the realm of God even though it is “supernatural.” He admits there are spiritual beings and that a prayer of protection should be said beforehand something to the effect of “All dark and evil spirits must now leave.” Where in Scripture do we find such a prayer? Where in witchcraft?

I wonder if all these Christians who now practice contemplative prayer are following Foster’s advice. Whether they are or not, they have put themselves in spiritual harm’s way. Nowhere in Scripture are we required to pray a prayer of protection before we pray. The fact that Foster recognizes contemplative prayer is dangerous and opens the door to the fallen spirit world is very revealing. What is this—praying to the God of the Bible but instead reaching demons? Maybe contemplative prayer should be renamed contemplative terror.

While Foster has said repeatedly that contemplative prayer is for everyone, he contradicts himself when he says it is only for a select group and not for the “novice.” He says not everyone is ready and equipped to listen to God’s voice through the “all embracing silence.”

This is amazing. Foster admits that contemplative prayer is dangerous and will possibly take the participant into demonic realms, but he gives a disclaimer saying not everyone is ready for it. My question is, who is ready, and how will they know they are ready? What about all the young people in the emerging church movement? Are they ready? Or are they going into demonic altered states of consciousness completely unaware? Given Foster’s admission of the danger, he does great damage when he [contradicts himself and] says: “We should all, without shame, enroll in the school of contemplative prayer.”

Foster’s implication that some contemplative prayer is safe is terribly mistaken. No contemplative prayer is biblical or safe—even the most mature of the Christian mystical leaders proved susceptible to its demonic pull. Thomas Merton at the end of his life said he wanted to be the best Buddhist he could be. Henri Nouwen at the end of his life said all paths lead to God. This was the spiritual “fruit” of their lives after years of practicing mystical prayer.

[In relation to mysticism and contemplative prayer], the real question is whether or not the realm of the silence is God’s realm or Satan’s (i.e., light or darkness). The Bible tells us that Satan is very deceptive, and what can often look good is not good at all:

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) (Taken from Roger Oakland’s booklet, Richard Foster’s Contemplative Prayer or Contemplative Terror?)

Mike Oppenheimer has this to say about Foster’s prayer of protection:

Asking God to protect us as we enter into a place He does not ever tell us to go is testing God. Not a good position to put oneself in considering the ramifications. (source)

Oppenheimer makes a good point. And sad to say, given the fact that much of today’s Christianity is becoming immersed in that place Richard Foster calls them to, in essence, the church is testing God but not testing the spirits. Again, scary—as well as tragic.

Conclusion

In his book, A Time of Departing, Ray Yungen shows clearly that the silence reached during contemplative meditation is the same as that state reached during New Age or occultic meditation. One of the most compelling pieces of evidence Yungen presents is a quote by Richard Kirby, author of The Mission of Mysticism (Kirby is an occultist) where Kirby states:

The meditation of advanced occultists [New Agers] is identical with the prayer of advanced mystics [contemplatives]: it is no accident that both traditions use the same word for the highest reaches of their respective activities—contemplation. (p. 7)

Yungen provides us with another powerful example. He recounts:

In a dialogue with a Sufi leader, Merton asked about the Muslim concept of salvation. The master wrote back stating:

“Islam inculcates individual responsibility for one’s actions and does not subscribe to the doctrine of atonement or the theory of redemption.” (emphasis added)

To Merton, of course, this meant little because he believed that fana [the esoteric state reached during Sufi meditation] and contemplation were the same thing. Merton responded:

“Personally, in matters where dogmatic beliefs differ, I think that controversy [atonement and redemption] is of little value because it takes us away from the spiritual realities into the realm of words and ideas . . . in words there are apt to be infinite complexities and subtleties which are beyond resolution. . . . But much more important is the sharing of the experience of divine light [God in all] . . . It is here that the area of fruitful dialogue exists between Christianity and Islam. (emphasis mine, A Time of Departing, pp. 59-60)

The names we have mentioned in this article have all been given a welcoming pass into today’s evangelical church with virtually no testing or challenging. And whether it is Basil Pennington’s statement that we are completely safe in the meditative state, Sarah Young’s untested “messages” from “Jesus,” Richard Foster’s advice to pray for protection against demons while doing contemplative prayer, Henri Nouwen’s “Voice of Love,” or Thomas Merton’s belief that meditation can unite us all because it will help us to dismiss doctrines such as the atonement, it becomes evident that the church has been duped into thinking all is well, and there is no need to test the spirits. It is our belief that this negligence is disobedience to God when we consider that entering the esoteric realm is forbidden in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 18:10-12), forbidden by Jesus (Matthew 6:7-9), and forbidden by our test in 1 John chapter 4, where the Gospel has been ignored, forsaken, and ultimately trampled upon. And that is truly a tragedy of enormous proportions.


*Sometime in late 2018 or early 2019, the endorsement page on the Jesus Calling website was removed. Lighthouse Trails editors e-mailed HarperCollins and asked what happened to the endorsement page. We were told it was down temporarily for re-designing but would be put back up. To date, that page is still missing, but we have heard of no Christian leader from the endorsement page who has spoken up warning about Jesus Calling or retracting his or her endorsement. The link we provided above is an archived link from December 2018.

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Letter to the Editor and All Contenders of the Faith: 3 Things to Consider

I’m a second-hand reader, who reads the LT Journal when I visit with friends. The May Journal had a short article titled, “LT Is Against Everything?” I, too, have the heart of an apologist, but my spiritual gift is exhortation – another one that most folks don’t like. They love the encouragement side but not the confrontational side. I know how the frontal attack of “negativity” gets hurled around at apologetics people. I wish to offer you and other contenders of the faith an encouraging word to stand strong and remain clear in your focus. Here’s how my confrontational side would answer those who pitch the “negativity” knuckle-ball at you. There are three things they should consider:

1) Consider – LT is not a ministry for toddlers; and it is not a ministry to supply clever youth activities for millennials who are addicted to their iPhones. LT is an apologetics ministry with people who are burdened for a dying church; they find themselves in a spiritual war that most people cannot fathom. Apologists today look around and see so much turning from the Truth of God’s Word and a turning toward the pagan, the obscene, the mystical, and toward ministries that are more worldly-wise than biblically sound. Their mission, their calling, their burden is not to add more entertainment to the American church and certainly not more sugar-coated candy nuggets. The church is already full of cavities and poor health from such a steady diet of that junk. LT’s goal is not more wit and humor to make someone’s day more enjoyable. They are dodging bullets and artillery shells to warn people of the enemy that has surrounded and infiltrated the American church at every level. A watchman on the wall must sound the alarm, or the watchman will be judged for failure to live up to his/her calling, (see Ezekiel 33:1-9). Every pastor should be a watchman – as shepherds, their primary responsibility to their Lord is to feed the flock and protect it.

2) Consider – American culture, highly influenced by Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and pornography, has come to the place where anyone who quotes a Bible verse is accepted as a true Christian believer. Pardon me, but HOGWASH! Satan quoted the Scriptures! Check out the Gospel record of Jesus vs. Satan during Christ’s temptations in the wilderness. And you better believe that the devil didn’t take the Bible verses out of context because he was talking with the Bible’s author – Jesus the very WORD of God, Himself. In that sense, Satan was far more accurate in his misuse of the Bible than his modern-day disciples. Satan’s messengers come as angels of light. Second Corinthians 11:14-15 states:

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

And this passage follows v.4:

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

How? By being deceived! There are 2 different Greek words for “another.” There is allos which is another of a similar kind; then there is heteros which is another of a different kind. In the passage above it is, another Jesus of a similar kind . . . another spirit of a different kind . . . another Gospel of a different kind.

Many people today follow a Jesus who is similar to the true Jesus of the Bible, but the two are not the same. Then, preachers tweak the message into a completely different gospel powered by a completely different spirit. Thanks be to God for warning us about this in the 1st Century’s church in Corinth. And it is to that same 1st Century church in Corinth, that Paul said,

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5)

You see, mystical experiences deceive the heart, soul, and mind. And the modern American church is floating in a tsunami of mysticism in the name of another Jesus!

3) Consider – The prophet Isaiah faced the same situation that LT and so many contenders of the faith face. Isaiah’s opening salvo records God calling the heavens and earth to bear witness of His coming judgment on Israel. Isaiah 1:2-7:

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

God had chastened Israel; but it did no good! Their wounds were laid bare, but nobody took the time to clean, dress, and bandage the wounds! The LORD then lists His complaint against Israel; a complaint that covers everything from sexual perversion, neglect of widows and orphans, political corruption, stealing, lying, and even how the women dressed themselves for lusty appeal rather than godliness. He spends chapters letting them know exactly why they will be judged. And almost all of it has modern equivalents that can be found in our homes on the TV. By the time Isaiah gets to chapter 30:8-10, God tells him:

Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.

“Preach positive things to us; don’t be so negative all the time,” the people cried. Just like some say, “Why is LT so negative all the time?” Well, the patient – the American church – is on the mortician’s slab, breathing its last few gasps of air. God’s remedy is not to find some motivational speaker, like Joel Osteen, to speak positive sounding things to the dying carcass. The death thralls won’t be fixed by hearing positive and sugar-coated slogans. The need is to recognize the current low view of God and His Word and find a genuine heart-felt repentance for chasing after all the worldliness that appeals to the flesh.

LT and other contenders of the faith have a very difficult task. With their gift of discernment and a calling to apologetics, they must stand against the onslaught of corrupt religious movements. As watchmen on the wall, they are accountable to God to warn His people. It takes an extremely strong commitment to stand against the constant opposition, most of which comes from so-called believers who don’t have a clue that a death battle is in progress.

Finally, Jesus said:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Do you get it? Narrow is the way . . . few will find it . . . There are precious few today who truly see what is going on in the American religious realm. Much of it can be labeled as non-Christian and anti-Christian; yet it has fooled MANY. But again, thanks be to God for LT and its crucial and timely rescue ministry. ===================

So, to the editors and authors at Lighthouse Trails (and to all contenders of the faith), be faithful, be diligent, continue to be loving, and be kind. We are out here, and we appreciate all your research and detailed citations of popular errors. Shrug off the negativity germ! Stay faithful, and keep on warning those who have believed another Jesus with another gospel and another spirit. You never know who, or how many lives, you might rescue before the coming day of the Lord. And your reward for faithfulness will be an eternal blessing from the hand of the Lord Jesus. May God richly bless you as honor and serve Him.

Mark

 

 

Federally Funded Study: Common Core Sunk U.S. Kids’ Test Scores

LTRP Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes. In 2013, Lighthouse Trails released Berit Kjos’ booklet titled A “Common Core” For a Global Community. If your child, or a child you know, is in a public school, he or she is almost for sure being affected by Common Core in more ways than one as Kjos’ booklet and this article below shows.

By Joy Pullman
The Federalist

Researchers the Obama administration funded to assist Common Core’s rollout recently found, to their surprise, that under Common Core U.S. student achievement has sunk (h/t Lance Izumi).

“Contrary to our expectation, we found that [Common Core] had significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement during the 7 years after the adoption of the new standards, and had a significant negative effect on 8th graders’ math achievement 7 years after adoption based on analyses of NAEP composite scores,” the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction and Learning (C-SAIL) preliminary study said. Click here to continue reading.

 

The Father’s House, and the Way There
Harry A. Ironside

By Harry A. Ironside

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:1-6)

In these verses, two outstanding truths are emphasized: first, that of the Father’s house, and second, our Lord’s personal return for His own. The Lord Jesus had been giving His last messages to His disciples. He had intimated that soon they would forsake Him and flee. He had told them He was going away, and for the present, they could not come where He was to go. And in verse thirty-six of chapter thirteen we read:

Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

He was going, you see, to the Father’s house. He was going home to God by way of the Cross and resurrection, and Peter could not follow immediately. But the Lord says, “Thou shalt follow Me afterwards.” Peter did not understand that, and he said to Him, “Lord, why cannot I follow Thee now? I will lay down my life for Thy sake” (John 13:37).

“Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for My sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow till thou hast denied Me thrice” (John 13:38).

And then He immediately adds, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.” You see, the Lord Jesus is addressing these words, of course, to all His disciples, but directly to the disciple who was to deny Him in so short a time. And this is surely very comforting for our hearts. Peter was to fail the Lord—Jesus knew he would fail—but deep in Peter’s heart, there was a fervent love for the Lord Jesus. And when he said, “I will lay down my life for Thy sake,” he meant every word of it. But he did not realize how untrustworthy his own heart was. It was a case of the spirit being willing, but the flesh weak. And Jesus knew something of the fearful discouragement that would roll over the soul of Peter when he awoke to the realization of the fact that he had been so utterly faithless in the hour of his Master’s need.

In the very time that Jesus needed someone to stand up for Him and to say boldly, “Yes, I am one of His, and I can bear witness to the purity of His life and to the goodness of His ways”—at that time, Peter, frightened by the soldiers gathered about, denied any knowledge of his Savior. And, oh, the days and nights that would follow, as he would feel that surely he must be utterly cast off, surely the Lord could never put any trust in him again! But if he remembered these words, what a comfort they must have brought to his poor aching heart! For Jesus is practically saying, “I know all about it, Peter. I know how you are going to fail, but I want you to know this; in My Father’s house are many mansions, and you are going to share one of those mansions with Me some day. I am not going to permit you, Peter, to be utterly overcome. I am not going to permit you to go into complete apostasy. You will fall, but you will be lifted up again, and you will share with Me a place in the many mansions.”

When He says, “Let not your heart be troubled,” He does not mean, “Do not be exercised about your failure,” for He Himself sought to exercise the heart of Peter, and in a wonderful way restored him by the Sea of Galilee later on. But He means this, “Do not be cast down. Do not allow the enemy of your soul to make you feel there is no further hope, there is no opportunity for you.”

I wonder if I am speaking to someone who has failed, perhaps, as Peter failed. Under the stress of circumstances you, too, have denied your Lord, denied Him in acts if not in words, and the adversary of your soul is saying to you now, “It is all up with you; your case is hopeless. You knew Christ once, but you have failed so miserably, He would never own you again.” Oh, let me assure you His interest in you is just as deep as it ever was. If you have truly trusted Him as your Savior, the fact that you failed so grievously, and the fact that you mourn over it, only emphasizes the truth that you belong to Him. Still He says, “[Return], O backsliding children, [unto Me]; for I am married unto you” (Jeremiah 3:14)—not, “I am divorced from you.” And therefore He waits for you to come back and confess your failure and your sin, and He has promised complete restoration, for, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). And some day for you, too, there will be a place in the Father’s house.

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.” You see, in the days gone by before Jesus came to them at all, the people of Israel did have faith in the one true and living God. Now they had never seen Him, and Jesus is saying to His disciples, “You have believed in God when you couldn’t see Him, now I am going away in a little while and you won’t be able to see Me, but I want you to trust Me just the same as when I was here. Just as you have believed in the unseen God through the years, I want you to put your faith in Me, the unseen Christ, after I have gone back to the Father.” Do we have that implicit trust and confidence in Him, realizing that He is deeply interested in every detail of our own lives? The Word says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). There is absolutely nothing that concerns His people about which He Himself is not concerned. And therefore, He would have us put away all the stress and all the anxiety. He says, “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). “Ye believe in God, believe also in Me.”

And then He adds, “In My Father’s house are many mansions.” “My Father’s house,” and by that of course He means Heaven, and He is speaking of a place, a place to which He was going, and a place into which some day He will take all His own. I often hear people say, “Heaven is a condition rather than a place.” Heaven is both a place and a condition. It is true we do not read a great deal about Heaven in the Bible. Somebody has said, “Heaven is the land of no more.” We have more in the Bible about what will not be in Heaven than about what will be there.

Remember in the book of Revelation, we read that there will be no more sin, there will be no more tears, there will be no more pain, there will be no more sorrow, there will be no more curse, there will be no more darkness, there will be no more distress of any kind in the Father’s house. The Father’s house is the place where Christ is, and that is the place to which the redeemed are going.

“If it were not so, I would have told you.” What does He mean by that? The Jews had had a belief in a heaven of bliss after death, and Jesus said, “If you had been wrong in that, I would have corrected you.” But because He didn’t correct it but rather affirmed it, we know that it is true, that there is a glorious home beyond the skies for the redeemed which we shall share with Him by-and-by.

He adds, “I go to prepare a place for you.” What does He mean by that? You see the mansions are different from what they were before He went back there. Before He went back to the Father’s house, the sin question had never been settled. Before He went back to the Father’s house, the veil had not been rent, the blood had not been sprinkled on the mercy-seat. So the saints of old went to Paradise on credit. They did not have the same blessed access into the immediate presence of God that the saints have now. We read in the Epistle to the Hebrews that we have now come to the spirits of just men made perfect. They were the spirits of just men of all the centuries before the Cross; God had redeemed them and taken them to Paradise, but they were not yet made perfect. They could not be until the precious blood of Jesus was shed on the Cross. Now having settled the sin question, He entered into the holiest with His own blood in antitypical fashion, sprinkled His own blood on the mercy-seat above, and now a place is prepared in the holiest for all of His own, and the spirits of just men of the past have been perfected, and we who believe now are perfected forever. So we are all suited to that place to which we are going. “I go to prepare a place for you.”

And then He said, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also.” Now I know that a great many people think of this as a word in regard to death, and of course, when a believer dies, that believer goes to be with Christ. But we are never told in Scripture that in the hour of death Christ comes for His people. If we may draw an analogy from something our Lord said when He was here on earth, we gather that that is hardly true. We are told that a dear child of God was dying—he was a beggar, it is true. He was an outcast, lying at the rich man’s gate, but he was a real son of Abraham. He had faith in the God of all grace. And the beggar died, we are told, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. Angels carried the poor beggar—poor no longer—into Paradise. What I rather gather from that, is that the last ministry of angels, who are ever keeping watch over the people of God, will be to usher them into the presence of God. He is yonder in the Father’s house, and His angels usher His saints into His presence.

But He is speaking of something different here. Death is the believer going to be with Christ. That is what the Scripture tells us—”Absent from the body . . . present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8); “To depart, and be with Christ; which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). But a believer going home to be with Christ is spoken of as being unclothed, having laid his body aside. He is there in the presence of the Lord a glorified spirit, but he is there waiting for his redeemed body. When the Lord Jesus fulfills that which is spoken here in the fourteenth chapter of John, then believers will receive their glorified bodies and will be altogether like Him. This coming, referred to here, is developed for us more fully in the fourth chapter of the First Epistle to the Thessalonians. There we read in verse thirteen: “I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep”—that is, saints whose bodies are sleeping in the graves but whose spirits are with Christ—“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17). This is the coming our Savior refers to when He says: “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself” (John 14:3). It is at that coming that the expectation of our completed redemption will be fulfilled. In Romans eight, the apostle Paul tells us in verse nineteen:

“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Verses twenty-two and twenty-three: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption—”What does he mean by that?—”to wit, the redemption of our body.”

Our spirits have already been redeemed, we have already received the salvation of our souls, but we are waiting for the complete salvation of the body, the redemption of the body at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope” (Romans 8:24). What hope is it then? The hope of the coming of our Lord. And to this He refers again in the third chapter of the Epistle to the Philippians, where we read in verse twenty: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”

About the way there. Will everybody get to the Father’s house? I wish that they would. Richard Baxter used to pray, “Oh, God, for a full Heaven and an empty hell!” But alas, alas, many persist in rebellion against God and so that prayer can never be answered! There is only one way to the Father’s house. And what is that way? I have had people say to me so many times, “We are traveling different roads, but we will all get to Heaven at last.” No, no; I don’t find that in my Bible. My Bible says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 16:25), and it warns me against taking the broad way that leads to destruction and tells me to take the narrow way that leads to life.

And so here Jesus says, “And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto Him—” Thomas was honest and he was never afraid just to blurt out all the truth. He said, “We don’t know what You are talking about. We have to confess we are ignorant, and we don’t know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said unto him—and, oh, dear friends, you get what He said, for it is for you as well as for Thomas—”Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).

Oh, don’t talk about many ways. There is only one—Jesus is the only way. There is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, but the name of Jesus. Have you come to Him? Are you trusting Him? If you are, you are on the way to the Father’s house, and now you can wait with equally glad expectation for the hour of His return, for He said, “If I go, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself.” When will He come? We can’t tell that, but we are waiting for Him day by day.

I know not when the Lord will come
Or at what hour He may appear,
Whether at midnight or at morn,
Or at what season of the year.
I only know that He is near,
And that His voice I soon shall hear.
I only know that He is near

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Native American Men Who Longed For “the Book” and Were Denied

LTRP Note: The following is a story from the book Stories From Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires. The book was written by Egerton Ryerson Young, a young Canadian missionary in the late 1800s, who, with his wife and small children, spent years with the Native people in Canada, living among them, loving them, and sharing the Gospel and the Word of God with them. This is one of the unforgettable stories from the “Wigwam” book. While some of the terms and writing would be considered “unpolitically” correct today, Young’s great respect, love, admiration, and acknowledgment of the value and worth of the Native people is above reproach.

While the emerging “new” Christianity has joined the secular ranks in trying to belittle and marginalize biblical mission efforts, we believe what the Bible teaches when it says to go into the world, preach the Gospel, and make disciples.

By Egerton Ryerson Young

THE VISIT OF THE FLATHEAD INDIANS & THEIR REQUEST FOR THE BOOK DENIED

Long years ago, in the depths of winter, there appeared in the city of St. Louis four Flathead Indians. They carried in their persons the evidences of many hardships and of the severest privations. Bronzed and scarred were they by the summer’s heat and winter’s pitiless blast, for many moons had waxed and waned since they had commenced their long and dangerous journey from their own land, which lay not far from the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Their trail had led them through the domains of hostile Indian tribes. Thrilling indeed had been their adventures, and many had been their risks of losing both their scalps and lives. For weeks when crossing the broad ranges of the Rocky Mountains, where gloomy defiles and dark recesses abound for hundreds of miles, they had ever to be on the alert, lest in an unguarded moment there should spring out upon them the panther or mountain lion or rush upon them the more dreaded grizzly bear.

But although their very appearance bore pathetic evidence of their privations and sufferings, yet very little had they to say about themselves or their personal sorrows. An all absorbing longing had got into their hearts to be the possessor of one thing, and this passion had dwarfed into insignificance every thing else to them. There had been implanted by some chance seed-sowing such a craving for something to satisfy their spiritual natures that in order to get this for which their souls now longed they had unflinchingly faced all the storms and dangers of that fearful journey. Yet to the thoughtless white men to whom they first addressed themselves, very strange and meaningless seemed the importunate request or petition of these gaunt, wearied red men. They came, they said, from the land of the setting sun; across the great snow-clad mountains and the wide prairies for many moons they had traveled; they had heard of the white man’s God and of the white man’s book of heaven; a stranger had visited them and had told them things that had excited the whole tribe. He had told them of the great God who had made all things, and that the white man had a book which told all about him and what they were to do to have his favor. So that they might obtain this book they had come from their home far away across the Rocky Mountains. Thus strangely they pleaded for a copy of the word of God.

Some persons, becoming interested in the appearance of these strange Indians and their remarkable request, took them to the commanding officer of the military post in that city, and to him they told their simple story and besought his aid. Unfortunately for them, although the general was a kind-hearted man, he was a Roman Catholic, and so when he took them to the bishop and priests of his Church, while they were received with the greatest hospitality and shown the pictures of the Virgin Mary and of the saints, they were steadily denied their oft-repeated request for the Bible. Caring for none of these things, importunately did they plead for the book, but all in vain. So exhausting had been the journey that two of the Indians died in St. Louis from their sufferings and hardships. The other two after a time became discouraged and homesick and prepared to return to their far-off home. Ere they left the city a feast was gotten up for them and speeches were made, and the general and others bade them “Godspeed” on their journey. During the addresses at the close of the feast one of the Indians was asked to respond. His address deserves not only to rank among the models of eloquence, but should be pondered over as an expression of the heart-cry of very many of the weary, longing souls who, dissatisfied with their false religions, are eagerly crying out for the true. They want the book. In this English version, like all of these highly figurative poetical Indian orations, it loses much in the translation. He said: “I came to you over the trail of many moons from the land of the setting sun beyond the great mountains. You were the friends of my fathers, who have all gone the long way. I come with an eye partly opened for more light for my people who sit in darkness; I go back with both eyes closed. How can I go back blind to my people? I made my way to you with strong arms through many enemies and strange lands, that I might carry back much to them. I go back with both arms broken and empty. Two fathers came with us. They were the braves of many winters and wars. We leave them asleep here by your great water and wigwams. They were tired in many moons and their moccasins were worn out. My people sent me to get the white man’s book of heaven. You took me where you allow your women to dance as we would not allow ours, and the book was not there. You took me where they worship the Great Spirit with candles, but the book was not there. You showed me images of the good spirits and pictures of the good land beyond, but the book was not among them to tell us the way. I am going back the long, sad trail to my people of the dark land. You make my feet heavy with gifts, and my moccasins will grow old and my arms tire in carrying them, yet the book is not among them. When I tell my poor blind people after one more snow in the big council that I did not bring the book no word will be spoken by our old men or by our young braves. One by one they will rise up and go out in silence. My people will die in darkness, and they will go on the long path to other hunting grounds. No good white man will go with them, and no white man’s book to make the way plain. I have no more words.”

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George Catlin painting #207.
“Hee-Oh_’Ks-Te-Kin,” (The Rabbit Skin Leggings) - Public domain

How sad and pathetic are these words, and how unfortunate it was that these Indians should have fallen into the hands of the members of that Church which refuses to give the blessed book to the people! However, a young man who was present was so impressed with the address of this Indian that he wrote to friends in the Eastern States an account of this strange visit and the pathetic appeal of the Indians for a Bible. Some earnest Protestants became much interested in the matter, but it was two years before a missionary started with the Bible for that land which then lay many hundreds of miles beyond the most western shores of Anglo-Saxon civilization.

Meanwhile what had become of the two remaining Indians? After leaving St. Louis for their western home they fell in on the plains with George Catlin, the celebrated Indian artist. But although they traveled with him for many days, whether it was from Indian reserve and stoicism, or that they had become disheartened and discouraged, they did not mention the object of their visit to him. However, he painted their portraits, and in his famous collection they have become historic and are to be seen numbered 207 and 208. After leaving Catlin, one more of the Indians died, and so there was but one survivor of the four to return and announce to the Great Council the death of his companions and that the white man had refused them the book. The tribe was embittered, and gave up all hope of aid and comfort from the white man’s God. From a condition of eager longing to hear and accept the teachings of the good book they swung over to the opposite extreme, and so when the missionaries at length found these Indians they received no welcome from them, and found it almost impossible to overcome the feelings of despair and bitterness which had sprung up in their hearts against the white man. However, other tribes in that same land were more docile, and a church and manual labor schools were established, and many of the Indians become Christians. Rome refuses the Bible. Our glorious evangelical Protestant Churches love to give to all tribes and nationalities the blessed book. With the open volume in their hands our missionaries go forth, and at many a camp-fire and in many a wigwam they read and expound its blessed truths. Many are their trials and discouragements, but glorious are their triumphs and genuine are the rewards won.

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