April 1997, Vol. 6 No. 4

World Wide Witnessing and the World Wide Web

Don’t Trust in a Guide

Letters

News Notes

Youth’s Corner

Old Paths in PDF Format

 


“Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”  Jeremiah 6:16

“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear  Him;  and  He  will  show  them  His covenant.” Psalm 25:14


World Wide Witnessing and the World Wide Web by Fred Allaback

The Gospel and Technology Paper Publishing
Electronic Publishing The Gospel to all the Workd
Objections Internet Project

We have a worldwide message.  Jesus Himself tells us, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) The fulfillment of this gospel commission is prophetically described in the book of Revelation:  “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” (Revelation 14:6)

The culmination of the “everlasting gospel” enlightens the whole earth with the knowledge of God’s wonderful character of love. “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” (Revelation 18:1)

Both the first angel of Revelation 14 and the final angel who lightens the earth with his glory are a symbolic representation of God’s people, His true church. Yet how does the church preach the last warning message to every person in the whole world?

THE GOSPEL AND TECHNOLOGY

First, it must be recognized that we cannot effectively share with others truths we have not understood or experienced ourselves. Can we truly represent the vital power and truth of Christianity if our experience does not demonstrate and witness it with Christ-like words and actions? Obviously not! Yet, how does the true Christian relate to the technology explosion in this “information age?” In seeking a balanced and realistic understanding to this question, please ask yourself the following: Is God entirely dependent upon people to preach the gospel? The answer is no!  If God wanted He could preach the gospel to the whole world via His holy angels just like He sent them to proclaim the good news of His Son to the shepherds as they watched their flocks by night. (See Luke 2:8-15.) No, God is not dependent upon people, but He wants to use people to proclaim His truth.

Is God dependent upon human technology to proclaim His truth to the whole world? The answer again must be no! God does not need modern transportation, telecommunication, television, satellites, printing presses or, or,...wait a minute, did I say “printing presses?”  That’s right, God doesn’t need printing presses to advance His message on earth. Word of mouth could promote it. Handwritten and hand copied books and Bibles could promote it. Yet, as demonstrated by history, God has chosen to work through the modern invention of printing presses to more speedily advance the light of His truth throughout the world.

One classic example of this is the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Martin Luther wrote his ninety-five theses and nailed them to the castle chapel doors for a few people to read. However, in just a short time all of Germany had heard of them because they were printed by the recently invented Gutenberg printing press and distributed far and wide.

PAPER PUBLISHING

The same thing is true for the King James translation of the Scriptures. During the Dark Ages, very few people possessed or even had access to a Bible. After the invention of the printing press, most people could not only read, but possessed their own Bible;  something considered impossible before that time. Today, we acknowledge and accept the value of the printing press as a valuable tool that God uses to promote His holy Word around the world.  This one invention alone has made countless billions of truth-filled books and tracts available. In fact, the early Adventist pioneers purchased a steam press (the technology of their day) when funds were available. In a short time, they had the largest and most up-to-date publishing house in the state of Michigan.

ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING

Nothing can replace the printed page. Printed books will continue as long as the earth will last. Yet none can deny the rapid growth of electronic publishing that is revolutionizing the way we read, write and distribute information today. Electronic (computer or Internet) publishing does not replace printed books, nor does it make them obsolete or antiquated. Rather, it enhances books by providing almost instant search and retrieval of any word or topic, and enriching them with multimedia (text, pictures, audio and  video) capabilities if desired.

Historically, if you wanted to learn something about a particular topic you would go to a library, look up the subject in the index catalog, find the book of particular interest and read. Electronic publishing today is like thousands of libraries put together with the ability to search through the information in all the books in only a few seconds.

Anyone who has used some of the modern computer Bible study tools can appreciate the ability to search the entire Bible for any word or phrase in mere milliseconds. After this, one can copy and paste verses, chapters or even whole books of the Bible into studies and sermon outlines with just a few clicks. Does this technology replace studying the Bible for oneself? No! Rather, it provides the tools and abilities to make study and learning faster and more efficient.

The greatest example of the potential in electronic publishing is found on the world wide web. Computers all around the world are connected or “networked” together over phone lines and special cables. Once connected, they are able to share files of information with each other. We call this the “Internet.”

The world wide web is the standardized and consistent way we transfer and receive this information. For example, telephone lines connect virtually every country in the world. Yet this doesn’t mean that you can make a call to China and effectively communicate with the person on the other end of the phone. You both have to speak and understand the same language. The same is true with computers. The world wide web connects computers all over the world by using one consistent computer language or protocol. Now, people using many different computers can send or view the same information.

THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD

As with other technologies, God is not dependent upon the Internet or world wide web to advance His cause in the world, yet He has and is using this technology to bring help and blessing to His people around the world. What would you do if someone offered to print all the truth-filled literature you gave them and then distribute it to every country in the world for $300--$400 a year? What would you do if someone offered you the capability to broadcast your radio and television programs about anything you wanted to say, and the entire world could access these broadcasts; all for $500 --$1000 a year?  What if you could write letters of any length and send them to any country in the world for the price of a local phone call?  What if you could print every Bible truth you believe and illustrate these truths with pictures, sound and motion video? If you could do all this and every country in the world would have access to your publications; would you want to do it? “It’s too good to be true,” you say. Yet, most of these possibilities are already available through the world wide web. The ability to publish motion video is only a few months away. God is opening the door of this  technology so His people will step in and use these wonderful  capabilities for His honor and glory.

OBJECTIONS

“But isn’t there a lot of ‘trash’ on the Internet?” Yes, however, there are ways of filtering out offensive material.  It must be remembered that there are offensive things printed with printing presses; there is offensive material on the radio, television, etc. Yet, just because Satan uses these technologies to promote his lies, does this mean that God cannot use these same technologies to promote His truth?

“Not everyone has a computer.” This is true, yet according to recent polls (Louis Harris & Assoc.), there are more than thirty-five million adult Internet users in North America alone. According to FIND/SVP, 14.7 million households (in the U.S.) own a PC and use the Internet. IntelliQuest says that 23 percent of those sixteen and older in the United States have access to the Internet and overseas subscribers to online and Internet access services will more than double to twenty-one million by the year 2000, including thirteen million in Europe and five million in Japan. Recently, a new device called the “Web TV box” ($300 - $700) allows people to access and send information over the Internet with the “web box” hooked up to a standard TV and a phone line. In other words, people do not have to purchase a full featured computer to access web pages and send e-mail over the Internet.

“But I’m computer illiterate.” With the development of the “Windows” user interface, just about anyone, including small children, can now learn to operate a computer, and it gets easier all the time.

INTERNET PROJECT

For the past three or four months I have been compiling and publishing information on the web about what the Historic Adventist church believed and taught about the Godhead and the Trinity as it relates to the gospel. This project, starting as a “simple web page,” has advanced into a major effort to publish every Biblical truth in a simple and easy to access and read format. Yet one person cannot do this work alone.  I invite you, my reader and friend, to send me your Bible studies, articles, and anything you feel of value to others, and I will attempt to publish these truths on the Internet for the whole world to read.  This can be accomplished much faster and more efficiently if you send your study or research on a computer disc, preferably ASCII (plain text) or Microsoft Word format. Things of particular interest to send: 1) Letters about your church membership; 2) Questions or studies about the real gospel; and 3) Bible studies on other topics.

There is no doubt that the whole earth will soon be lightened with the knowledge of God’s glory. How much God will use the Internet technology to advance His world wide truth is still to be seen. Yet it is one avenue that people can instantly access and read our truth-filled publications from virtually any country in the world.  See you on the Web!

E-mail: FredAllaback@BibleTruth.org.

Web site: http://www.bibletruth.org.

Brother Fred Allaback writes from his home in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where he resides with his wife Heidi and their children Christopher and Cynthia. He will be going on a speaking trip to Europe in mid-April. Anyone who would like to help with Brother Allaback’s ministry may contact him through the Internet address above or write him at: 5250 Johnstown Rd., Mt. Vernon, OH 43050. His phone number is (614) 397-2500.

 


Youth’s Corner

Photo of Hyakutake Photo of Hale-Bopp Links for more on comets.

The time of snowballs is just about over. However, did you know that God is sending a large snowball by the earth at this very time? This may sound strange, but that is basically what a comet is. Comets are members of the Solar System which are made up of small particles, mainly ice with ‘dust’ and very thin gas. A large comet consists of a nucleus, which contains most of the mass, a head or coma, and a tail or tails. The nucleus is irregular in shape and may be a few hundred yards up to several miles in diameter. As a comet approaches the Sun, the ice of the nucleus begin to evaporate and the nucleus is effectively hidden.

Today there is a great deal of interest in watching comets, yet for many centuries comets were believed to have an evil influence upon people. Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia tells us the following about the structure and composition of comets.

“The nucleus, or core, of a comet resembles a large, dirty snowball. It is thought to consist of about 25 percent dust and chunks of rocky or metallic material and about 75 percent ice. The ice is mainly frozen water, with a mixture of compounds containing methane, ammonia, and carbon dioxide radicals, or subunits of molecules. Of the approximately 650 comets that have so far been scientifically recorded, the largest has a nucleus measuring about 42 miles (68 kilometers) in diameter and the smallest about 0.3 mile (0.5 kilometer). Smaller comets undoubtedly exist, but they do not become bright enough to be detected by light telescopes. When a comet passes close to the sun it loses some of its matter, usually about 0.3 percent of its mass per orbit. The nuclei of comets are slightly less dense than water and are covered by a thin crust of dust. They are fragile and have been observed breaking up into fragments.

“As a comet nears the sun, its ice begins to sublimate–that is, to pass directly from a solid to a gas form. The gas carries with it some of the loosely bound dust particles. The gases spread out around the nucleus, forming a large, thin atmosphere called the coma. Sunlight causes the atoms in the coma to glow as a pearly, spherical patch of light up to 62,000 miles (100,000 kilometers) in diameter. If the supply of gases from the nucleus changes, a comet can brighten or fade unexpectedly, so astronomers cannot predict how bright a comet will become.”

“As the comet approaches the sun the solar wind, which consists of high-speed atomic nuclei, protons, and electrons, sweeps cometary gases away from the sun, producing a straight tail of up to 93 million miles (150 million kilometers) in length. A second tail consisting of dust particles may also appear. This dust tail is shorter and more curved than the gas tail. Comet tails always point away from the sun because of the force exerted by solar wind and radiation on the cometary material. When comets travel away from the sun, therefore, their tail or tails are always in front of them. Some comets have been observed to develop as many as nine tails.” (Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia - article: Comets)

The most famous comet is Halley’s comet which takes 76 years to complete its orbit. It was last seen in 1986 and is not scheduled to revisit the earth till after Jesus comes! However, there are still some very bright and beautiful comets that pass by our planet. “On the average five new comets are discovered each year. Most of these are faint and can only be observed with the aid of a telescope. The few exceptionally bright comets seen from the earth since the early years of the 20th century include Halley's comet, Arend-Roland comet, and Ikeya-Seki comet.” (Ibid.)

Last year earth was greeted with a visit from comet Hyakutake, the brightest comet to pass by earth in the last 20 years. This year the Creator is sending comet Hale-Bopp to visit and it promises to be better than Hyakutake. Hale-Bopp was named, as all comets are, for its first discoverers, amateur astronomers Alan Hale, New Mexico and Thomas Bopp, Arizona. The comet has been  designated C/1995 O1. It is the most distant comet ever discovered by amateurs. When first seen it appeared one thousand times brighter than Halley’s did at the same distance.
Hyakutake: Photograph by Allen Stump

The best time for viewing the comet in the northern hemisphere will be from March till mid-April. (The comet will be visible all night if you are north of latitude 45; for the rest of the northern hemisphere, the comet is visible in evening and early morning skies.) Those in the southern hemisphere can see the comet best from June 23-July 2. (The comet will be visible low in the Northwest during and after dusk.)

Hale-Bopp - The Great Comet of 1997
Observer: Henrik Perrson - Location Denmark
March 18, 1997 03:40 UT Printed with permission.

You won’t want to miss Hale-Bopp. It’s spectacular! Something more exciting than Hale-Bopp is knowing the Creator of all comets! As we think about comets we can agree with David when he wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1) As a young shepherd, David spent a great deal of time with sheep at night to watch over and protect them. No doubt he spent many a star-filled night observing the heavens, for he later wrote such beautifully inspired words as found in the eighth and nineteenth Psalms. After thinking about the heavens, David asked the question: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:3, 4)

Today, astronomers tell us that the universe is vastly larger and greater than we can hardly conceive. Earth is one planet, in one solar system, of one galaxy, of which there are now estimated to be billions! God created all these galaxies and as we study them, they remind us of His creative power. David tells us that “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.” (Psalm 33:6) As great as the heavens are, did you know that God is interested in an even greater creation? It is creating in you a new heart. After David came to understand his great sin against God in his dealings with Uriah, he said: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) You see, the gospel is a work of creation. Man’s heart is recreated to be one that loves the pure and good instead of the selfish things of the world. This is why Paul wrote: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) The only way to be a “new creature” is to have a new creation. God wants each of us to give Him our heart while we are in our youth. He says, “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1) What will happen if you give our life and heart to God? He will exchange it for a new heart that loves righteousness and you will find joy in heaven for all eternity. Let’s make plans to meet there and do some close-up comet watching!

Allen Stump

“Shall we not strive to understand the wonderful works of God? We should do well to read often the nineteenth psalm, that we may understand how the Lord binds up His law with His created works.” (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, page 453)

WEB ADDRESSES FOR COMET INFORMATION AND PICTURES Internet users can find a viewers timeline @ http://galileo.ivv.nasa.gov/comet/timeline.html. Nasa’s JPL web site, which has a tremendous amount of information about Hale-Bopp, can be found @ http://galileo.ivv.nasa.gov/comet/. A good web reference for Hale-Bopp, Hyakutake, and other comet information is: http://www.yahoo.com/Science/Astronomy/Solar_System/Comets__Meteors__and_Asteroids/


Don’t Trust in A Guide

by Lynnford Baechy

How Can We Keep From Being
Led Astray by False Teachers
What is Truth”?
Diligently Study the Bible Conclusion

The Lord has instructed us through the prophet Micah that we should never trust in a guide. “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. (Micah 7:5) The prophet Isaiah tells us one reason that we are not to trust in guides. He writes, “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” (Isaiah 9:16) Historically, many leaders have led God’s people in the wrong direction causing them to go astray. Jesus describes the tragic result of following blind leaders, He says “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. (Matthew 15:14) God loves us so much that He gave His “only begotten Son” so that we would not have to perish!

If we are just accepting everything the pastor tells us without checking it out in the Bible for ourselves to see if it is true, then we are blindly following a guide. Often the guide we are following is blindly following what someone else has told him. The terrible result of following someone like this is that both the leader and the followers will fall into the ditch and ultimately be destroyed. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,…” (Hosea 4:6) Be sure not to reject knowledge.

Possibly you have been blindly following what someone else has told you. God’s word tells us that He will personally lead each one of us. “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

How Can We Keep From Being
Led Astray by False Teachers?

God has instructed us that we are to test the teachings of prophets or teachers by the Word of God. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20). If what the preacher is telling us does not agree with what the Bible says, then it is proof that what he is saying is not the truth.

The Bereans have given us a good example to follow in studying the Bible. “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.” (Acts 17:10-12)

The example of the Bereans teaches us that we should not accept what the preacher is saying simply because he has studied for a long time and probably knows the truth. Paul certainly had a good grasp on the truth, yet the Bereans did not accept what he was saying without first checking it out for themselves. Satan will have little chance of getting us to doubt the foundation of our faith if it comes from a “thus saith the Lord” instead of from man.

We have been instructed to study for ourselves, examining thoroughly each Bible verse that relates to the subject in question. God’s counsel is: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Lord commanded what should be written, and His Spirit filled the Bible writers as they wrote the truth. “Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and His spirit it hath gathered them.” (Isaiah 34:16)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” or “God breathed” as Jay P. Green’s Greek Interlinear Bible puts it. We have no need to doubt that the Word of God was inspired by Him.

What is truth?”

Pilate asked Jesus one of the most probing and important questions when he asked, “What is truth?” (John 18:38) What a pity that Pilate did not give Jesus an opportunity to reply. Jesus gave His disciples the answer as found in John 17:17. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” The word of God is truth, and if we want to know the truth we must diligently study the Bible!

Paul wrote these words to Timothy, “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:13-15)

Paul told Timothy to continue in the things that he had learned. Was Paul telling Timothy to continue in the things that he had learned from Paul? No! Paul goes on to tell Timothy that he had been assured of what he learned, knowing Whom he had learned them from. Timothy could be confident that what he had learned was true because he learned it directly from God through His word. Paul continued to explain that Timothy knew the holy Scriptures since he was a child. The things that Timothy had learned, which he could be certain were true, he learned by diligent study of the Bible. “God is no respecter of persons.” (Acts 10:34) Timothy learned them and so can you!

If Timothy had learned what he knew about the Bible from Paul only, then Timothy could not have been completely sure that what he had learned was true. Since Timothy studied the Bible for himself to see if what Paul was teaching was the truth, he could be confident that he had learned the truth. Whenever we blindly accept what a preacher is saying as truth, without studying the Bible for ourselves to see if it is true then our faith is grounded in a man instead of God. Surely you can see how unstable this kind of faith would be. Sadly enough, many people ground their belief in no higher authority than in the man that stands behind the pulpit. Let us always study diligently for ourselves to see what is truth, by comparing what the preacher is teaching with the Bible.

Diligently Study the Bible

When we study the Bible to find out what is truth, we must examine every verse that pertains to the subject in question. If we only look at a small percentage of the verses dealing with a particular subject, then we will have a distorted view of what the truth is. When only a few pieces of a jigsaw picture puzzle are viewed, the picture is distorted. However, when all the pieces are used and put in their proper position, then the picture becomes clear.

Suppose you wanted to know which day the Sabbath is. In your study you read, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day.” (Revelation 1:10) Maybe somebody had told you that the Lord’s day was Sunday, the first day of the week, because Jesus was raised from the dead on Sunday. So you read this in Luke 24:1-3 “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.” Then to get you to believe that the Sabbath is the first day of the week, someone may tell you about Paul meeting with people on that day. So you read this in Acts 20:7, “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.” From these few verses you may conclude that the Sabbath is Sunday, the first day of the week.

If we accept these few verses concerning this subject without examining all the rest of the verses talking about the Sabbath, then we could walk away with a misunderstanding of what God requires of us. We must also read Exodus 20:8-11: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

We can see from these verses that the Sabbath is Saturday, the seventh day of the week. As we continue reading the rest of the verses concerning the Sabbath, the picture becomes even clearer.

As you can see, if we just look at few verses concerning a particular subject, then we could believe just about anything and think that it is taught in the Bible. Some people say, “You can prove anything you want from the Bible.” That is one of the most repulsive statements I have ever heard. The only way someone could prove anything he wants to from the Bible is if the one he is proving it to does not diligently study the Bible for themselves to see if what that person is saying is true.The one thing that person is proving is that he or she does not “know . . . the scriptures, neither the power of God.” (Mark 12:24)

Conclusion

May the Lord bless you as you study His word to find out the truth for yourself.

Lynnford Beachy

Lynnford writes from Illinois where he works with a local home church, as well as being the associate editor of Old Paths. If you would like to help Lynnford with his ministry, you may contact him at P. O. Box 65, New Burnside, IL 62967. His phone number is (618) 777-2701. Brother Lynnford’s e-mail address is appropriately: Berean@smyrna.org


News Notes

“In the command, ‘Go work today in My vineyard,’ the test of sincerity is brought to every soul. Will there be deeds as well as words? Will the one called put to use all the knowledge he has, working faithfully, disinterestedly, for the Owner of the vineyard?” (COL, p. 281) Brother Doug Goslin has asked us to announce that the believers in Cincinnati, Ohio, are planning on having evangelistic meetings in late May. Anyone who would like to help with the meetings, in whatever capacity, may call Doug at (513) 943-0373, or you may write Doug at: 82 Still Meadow Drive Apt. 304, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245.

Clarification: Some have asked for a specific clarification concerning the unified work described in the February issue of Old Paths. No new organization is being established. Smyrna is not in any way to be considered a type of “GC.” Smyrna bears the cost of publishing Old Paths. If you would like to support any of the writers you may do so directly. Their addresses are supplied. The unified work is to parallel the work as described in the book of Acts: local congregations working together in the unity of the faith as directed by the Holy Spirit.


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