Vol. 2 Number 11, Nov.1996
Editor Andy Neckar

Inside This Newsletter

1. Can A "True Christian" Commit Suicide And Go To Heaven?
2. The Artful Knowledge of Heresy
3. U.N. Policies & Satan's Strategies In Harmony
4. News Watch
5. CNV Notes

Can A "True Christian" Commit Suicide
And Go To Heaven?
By Andy Neckar

In an Independent Baptist church some months ago I heard a pastor preach a regular Sunday morning sermon on "Biblical Proof Why A Christian Can Commit Suicide And Go To Heaven"

This pastor was using 1 Sam. 31:4-5, as proof that Saul died by his own hand, and 1 Samuel 28: emphasizing on verse 19 as proof that Saul went to heaven. The diviner with a familiar spirit had conjured up Samuel the prophet, and as Saul would be with Samuel that day he must have went to heaven. Surely Samuel went to heaven the preacher confidently stated. And as Saul would be with Samuel, he (Saul) would be in heaven too.

On the surface this may seem to be the case, but there is much wrong with this conjecture, and conjecture is all it is. A qualified pastor would have devoted time and diligent study to the Scripture before exposing his congregation to such dangerous doctrine as preaching that an unrepentant murder can go to heaven

Let us diligently study this presumption, as it is not the doctrine of the God of the Bible, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom all things were created. The Savior of all who repent, believe in their heart, and confess with their mouth.

1 Sam 31:3 And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers. (KJV)

1 Sam 31:4 Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. (KJV)

1 Sam 31:5 And when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. (KJV)

NOTE….(The word saw in the above verse is Strong's number 7200, in the Strong's Greek, Hebrew Dictionary and is used exactly 1300 times in the Old Testament. This number is translated as the following words. Saw; sawest; appear; looked; look; looketh; see; seen; seeing; seeth; seest; shew; sheweth; seemeth; seer; stare; appeared; arreareth; beheld; behold; beholding; spy; spied; consider; considereth; perceived; regard; regarded; regardeth; foresee; forseeth; discern.
This man could have perceived that Saul was dead.

In 1 Sam.28:7-9 Saul did seek the aid of a woman with a familiar spirit. (a diviner, wizard) Could this woman really bring Samuel back from the grave?
Consider what the Lord says about such things.

Lev 20:27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. (KJV)

1 Chr 10:13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it; (KJV)

2 Chr 33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. (KJV)

Deut 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, (KJV)

Deut 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.(KJV)

Deut 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. (KJV)

In Gal 5:19-21 the Apostle Paul names murders and witchcraft as "they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."

This much evidence alone is enough to convince me that 1 Sam. 28: cannot be used as proof that Saul killed himself, (committed suicide) and went to heaven. Now-I will continue with the study of this preachers presumption.

2 Sam. 1:2-10 tells us that an Amalekite killed Saul.

NOTE…This man saw Saul leaning upon his spear too mortally wounded to stand on his own. He was wounded by the enemy and by falling upon his own spear. The attempt to take his own life evidently failed.

In 2 Sam. 1:14-15 David believes the Amalekite and has him killed for slaying the Lord's anointed.

2 Sam 21:12 And David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of Jonathan his son from the men of Jabesh-gilead, which had stolen them from the street of Bethshan, where the Philistines had hanged them, when the Philistines had slain Saul in Gilboa: (KJV)

NOTE…Here again is a verse that says Saul was killed by the enemy and not by his own hand.

There is no honor in suicide, no solution. Suicide is the gateway to worse troubles-torment and anguish beyond the worst that can be experienced here on earth. The person who takes his own life bars himself forever from all peace, happiness, and contentment.

Think of that--absolutely no more joy-forever. Is it really that serious?
Yes! 1 John 3:15 says; "Ye know that no murderer hath eternal life." Suicide is murder, just as truly as homicide is. The worst thing is, a suicide can never obtain forgiveness for his murder.

Hebrews 9:27 says; "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." A person cannot change his standing before God after he dies. As he dies, so must he be judged before God. A person who commits suicide dies in his sins And if he died a suicide, he died a murderer!

Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. (KJV)

If a rational, sane, normal person commits suicide, there is no time to repent of that sin. Repent means to change one's mind. There is no life after the sin of suicide to give one the time to change one's mind. The Holy Spirit of God is able, and will keep a true Christian from committing a deadly sin (un-repentable sin).

One Possible Exception
Suicide is self-murder when perpetrated by a rational person. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of suicide victims are considered normal, sane persons. But-if a mentally unbalanced person (not normal, insane) should commit suicide, and should that person be a Christian, then-I believe that the Lord may protect them and hold them unaccountable as He does little children. Little children know right from wrong, but do not know good from evil. Infants do not know either of these.

The Danger of Preaching Such a Presumption
A professing Christian, one who thinks he is a Christian, and hears a sermon such as this and who is depressed over something may decide; Hey! I can end all my misery now and still go to heaven. The person who preached that suicide sermon has assisted that person in suicide. I say, what good is accomplished in hearing such a suicide sermon. Who does it enlighten? Who does it convict of sin? Whose soul does it save? How does it teach us to obey God? Who does it uplift? The depraved maybe?

The Artful Knowledge of Heresy
[Excerpt from Evangelicalism: The New Neutralism
William E. Ashbrook, 8686 Hilltop Dr., Mentor, OH 44060).

"Resistance to the truth of God may be expected, not so much in open attacks upon the Bible, as in clever perversions of its truth. In pretense of `rethinking' Christian doctrine, many subtle attacks are being made upon the truth. This is the `rethinking age.' Intellectuals, many of them in professing Christian schools and seminaries, are rethinking the Virgin Birth, the Inspiration of the Bible, the Blood Atonement, the Resurrection, the doctrine of Creation, and that of the Lord's Second Coming. Deception in the field of doctrine has indeed become more artful! Clever word jugglers, through the cover of the New Evangelicalism, are offering a spate of new translations, or paraphrases, many of which are artfully chipping away at the foundations of our faith. The new approach is more dangerous than that of the higher criticism of former generations, in that it offers more Bible, all the while contending for nothing, and basking in the wide-spread plaudits of the worldliness of the present age. Furthermore, the gospel itself has been widely counterfeited in the name of `evangelism' today. It has been preached to more millions of people and in more far-flung places than ever before. All modern devices of communication of both message and music have been employed. Countless millions have been lavished on the huge campaigns. Yet changed lives are hard to find and cities shaken with revival blessings are nonexistent"

U.N. Policies & Satan's Strategies In Harmony
By Andy Neckar

The fairly recent "coming out" of homosexuals and lesbians, and the acceleration of tolerance, even acceptance of them in the world and in the churches, are, I believe, a direct result of the ideas implanted in the minds of the people in adaptation to the United Nations plan to reduce population.

Abortion policies, childless radical feminism, doctor assisted suicide, and death education in some of our public schools.(An Outcome Based Education (OBE) class that teaches students that the "quality" of life is more important that the "quantity" (length) of life).are policies in tune with Satan's strategies to deceive the world into establishing his plan of a One World Government with the Antichrist as eventual ruler, and a One World Religion with the False Prophet as ruler.

Satan is using the U.N. to implement scare tactics to further his goal of sinking the world even deeper into sin against our God, and creating a New World Order.
The up-coming United Nations "World Food Summit", on the pretext of finding ways to make sure every person has enough food to eat, is calling for "tolerance and respect for diversity", and "aggressive family planing" to reduce the world's population.

The world does not have a food production problem; it has a food distribution problem.

Folks, the Biblical end-times are upon us. May God have mercy on those who will have to endure the coming tribulation. We, (God's children) will watch the terror from heaven. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. AMEN
News Watch

PK Leaders Attack Denominational Walls.
Break Down The Walls" is the theme for Promise Keepers rallies for '96. PK leaders attack denominational walls ( between charismatics, Catholics, Mormons, etc.) But the Bible erects barriers between truth and error. God commands separation.(2 Cor. 6:14-17) We should separate from those who worship a different Jesus. The Jesus of Islam was just a prophet. He didn't die on the cross. The Moonie Jesus "failed in his mission". The Jesus of the New Age and Catholicism is not the Jesus of the Bible. Promise Keepers and the Christian Coalition evidently believe that groups with different Jesus' can all worship together. Can you? Think about it.[A paraphrase. Taken from the Calvary Contender 10/15/96]

Many Parents Resigned to Kids Drug Use
That, Folks was the big headlines in USA Today, Sept. 10. The article stated, "Many babyboomer parents expect their teenage children to experiment with illegal drugs and do not consider it to be a problem." How shocking! The article stated that 22% of teenagers questioned said they planned to use drugs in the furture. With so many parents unconcerned, and with the ever availability of drugs, we are fast moving down the same road as the Roman Empire.[Excerpt from The Voive in the Wilderness.]

Those Devious, Dangerous, Deceptive Liberals!
Fundamentalism started at a time of Theological confusion. "Gray lines" separated believers and orthodoxy from apostasy, heresy and various kinds of liberalism. To further confuse the situation, liberals used orthodox terms but redefined the terms (hence "neo-orthodoxy"). Therefore it became very difficult to distinguish friend from foe. Liberals used ambiguous words invested with private meanings. That strategy was used purposely so others would misunderstand them. That way, they could conceal their liberalism, enjoy the tactical advantage of being misunderstood and gain the sympathy of the naïve.
(Rod Bell ). [ Taken from the Plains Baptist Challenger. PO Box 3100, Lubbock, TX 79452]

Truth Eludes Our Powerful Media
Truth is fallen in the street....- (Isa.59:14). Our liberal news media are the most powerful propaganda machine ever known. We recently read that politicians in a certain nation hire professional liars for a small fee to sit in coffee shops and spread rumors about their opponents. In America these "liars" are given microphones and teleprompters and rake in millions of dollars a year. Their liberal bias and leftist agenda are evident for all with an ounce of discernment to behold. They are pro-abortion. They present homosexuality not as behaviorally deviant but an an alternate lifestyle. Mainstream journalists tend to be globalists and in recent elections have voted near 90 per cent for Democrats. Our media elite have praised political movements run by brutal, atheistic thugs. They misrepresent, mislead ' and deceive. They call evil good, and good evil. [Nov.1 Calvary Contender] (all emphasis are mine)

"Pro-Choice" On Abortion Is Illogical
It is illogical to say that the fetuses belonging to prochoice people can be killed and the fetuses belonging to prolife people can't be killed, as if they have different value or no value at all. :Choice" is a consumerist, libertarian word that effectively keeps morality at bay. (John Leo, 10/7 C. Today). In the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1860, Douglas was pro-choice an slavery. He said the 1857 Dred Scott decision gave slave owners the "right to choose". (4/ 15/92 CC). Lincoln's answer applies to abortion today as it did to slavery then; 'No one has the right to choose to do what is wrong.' "Pro-choice" leaves "no choice" for the baby. (11/1/96 Calvary Contender)
[Editors note: To the unbelieving world abortion should be illogical. It should be against rational common sense. Prochoice advocates are not only devoid of moralistic values and biblical discernment, but they are without ordinary, humanistic, rational, common sense.]

A False Cult Called The Christadelphians placed an expensive full-page advertisement in the San Luis County Telegram Tribune recently. This group is offering a free six-week series of studies locally, and used the deceptive headline, "Learn To Read The Bible Effectively" to lure the public. They state, "No one will attempt to 'convert' or 'save' you". The truth of the matter is that the Christadelphians will indeed try to convince their hearers that their dangerous mixture of truth and error is scriptural correct when it is not. Their approach is seemingly innocuous, but their teachings are deadly. ( Foundation March-April 1996. Fundamental Evangelistic Association. PO Box 6278, Los Osos, CA 93412)

CNV Notes

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