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We have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the full knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding to lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the full knowledge of God.

Colossians 1:9-10

The apostle Paul wants believers in Christ to be able to understand, be wise and have full knowledge about God and his will. Understanding Ministries aims to stimulate Biblical understanding and edify Christian readers by publishing expository and doctrinal articles that not only discuss Biblical subjects, but encourage further study. In addition there will be articles of historical and practical interest plus controversial subjects.

Understanding Ministries does not belong to any denominational stable, but upholds the final authority of the Bible in all matters and the tenets of historic Evangelical Christian standards. In terms of salvation, the author affirms the Doctrines of Grace as held by Reformed theologians. The author seeks to glorify God through the Lord Jesus Christ by publishing these papers.

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21 September 2017: J’Accuse

This paper is a condemnation of the situation in Britain today. This is the result of a series of anti-Christian governments that are intent on destroying Christian mores and social structures in this country. It stands condemned by God's law.

20 September 2017: A voice for North Korea

This paper is a much needed explanation of the situation in, and mindset of, North Korea, as well as a short history. This is rarely, if ever, presented in the media; in fact the media constantly presents a one-sided, exaggerated, and often falsified view. You need to read this to get a balanced view.

12 September 2017: Non-involvement in politics

In response to one questioner, and to cover other future comments, this paper fully explains my argument that Christians must do good to all but not get involved in worldly politics. The argument is very clear. I also look at some objections, such as the slavery issue.

6 September 2017: New Calvinism is not like Calvin

This is an important paper that shows the devastating effects of New Calvinism, which is just one of the many recent strategies of the enemy to bring doctrinal corruption and worldliness into the church. Many are being fooled by this disparate movement and Reformed leaders are not adequately confronting this.

5 September 2017: Walk with wisdom

This paper shows why wisdom and discernment are absolutely vital in this world of deception. Everything must be tested, not just the elite mainstream; nothing can be trusted. I explain why and give practical advice. I also examine the situation at Charlottesville and use it as an example. The mainstream media picture of this was utterly false.

28 August 2017: Synergism

This is an expansion of a footnote in my paper on Lutheranism. In two pages it gives a concise breakdown of synergistic systems.

28 August 2017: Lutheranism

Many evangelicals know little or nothing about Lutheranism, even though it stands at the beginning of Protestantism. This paper explains the history and the theology. The Lutheranism of today is not like the Lutheranism of Martin Luther.

21 August 2017: The problem of perjury

Society is dominated by wickedness. This wickedness is controlled by people committed to certain agendas. One means of facilitating these agendas is to lie to the public; thus politicians are frequently caught out in blatant lies. But it is worse than that. There are several religious groups who are allowed by their religion to lie and deceive outsiders. Many people in such groups are in high levels of power. You need to understand the basis of this lying so that you are not deceived yourself.

14 August 2017: The great reversal

This paper seeks to explain analytically and concisely the key reversals of truth that have plagued the church in the last 150 years or so. While much more could be written, if I had time and strength, this is sufficient for most people. It shows the terrible cancer of demonic lies taken wholesale into the churches today. I include proponents, sources, teachings, practices, errors and Biblical texts. There is also a couple of separate papers at the end, one of which destroys the Charismatic proposal of a gradual restoration of Charismatic truth to the church. While it is a long read with a great deal of detailed information, it is sectioned to be able to be used as a reference work.

4 August 2017: Engaging with authorities in the world

This is a letter in response to questions about how far we can engage with worldly authorities. There are many mistakes made in this area which ruin Christian lives. Our job is to do God's will and do it with wisdom.

27 July 2017: Islam in 5 minutes

For all those busy people out there, here is my summary of Islam. While there are many introductions to Islam available, very many are filled with falsehoods (Taqiyya) to deliberately lead you astray. In addition, even many Muslims have no idea what Muhammad taught what Islam is all about. My précis gets to the root of the matter in a few pages (perhaps a bit more than five minutes). There is enough information here, with evidences, for you to hold your own in any debate.

24 July 2017: How to deal with disappointment

This is a very practical, and yet theological, paper explaining how to be prepared for trials and what to do in them. I need add nothing else. Sadly, few that I meet understand how to do this.

14 July 2017: Insane policies

Do you think that your government is benevolent and cares for everyone in society? This paper shows that governments are in collusion with God's enemy and foster all sorts of wicked projects that only insane people would condone. They even sponsor programmes that harm their own families. This is part of the wickedness of man coming to fulness that I explain in other papers. Here I simply outline a number of insane government policies that are wicked and just nuts!

29 June 2017: The power of His resurrection

This paper expounds a short but very important passage which is completely misunderstood by most commentators. It is of vital importance in understanding sanctification and encouragement to press on.

26 June 2017: Scripture, proof and reproof

The Bible is God's inspired word to us, giving us the very thoughts of God. It is the basis of all our spiritual education and I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for us to study it earnestly. Sadly, much that passes as teaching in modern churches is nothing short of a tragedy.

17 June 2017: The 2017 UK General Election

I wasn't going to write on this but, as I am being asked for my comments, it makes sense to put my thoughts down in one developed paper. Thus I have given my analysis, for what it is worth.

4 June 2017: Apostles first or first apostles

This is a clear exposition of a verse to show that the Charismatic practice of apostles ruling the church is entirely false. There is also an appendix on the matter of submission to leaders.

30 May 2017: Fellowship in the truth

This is an exposition of an important passage in Ephesians that few interpret correctly. It shows the vital importance of every member in the local church and how every member ministry (mutual edification) equips the saints and promotes growth. The reason why the churches are in a mess is because this is nowhere practised.

25 May 2017: The faith of evolutionists

This is a paper showing that the position of evolutionists is far from being based upon scientific certainty but is, rather, a faith based position that trusts in poor factual foundations. In fact, the Creationist position is far more in accordance with known scientific facts. I have tried to source most quotes and statements from secular sources.

16 May 2017: The sojourn in Egypt

Was Israel in Egypt for 215, 400 or 430 years? The Bible, and Jewish historians, suggest all three. This paper explains why there is no discrepancy.

7 May 2017: Hypocrisy: How you are being manipulated

This paper exposes the hypocrisy that is prevalent in the mainstream media today. The reason for this is following an indoctrination programme to manipulate most of society to acquiesce to global elite strategies. Thus a certain feature in one area is highlighted when the same feature in another is completely ignored. For example: the deaths of 113 civilians in Syria is falsely blamed on Assad and trumpeted across the world but the deaths of many thousands of civilians, including many Christians, by US and UK air-strikes in Iraq and Syria are completely ignored. Be warned. There is no fairness or balance in journalism today in the media.

3 May 2017: Nephilim, Anunnaki and other tall stories

Imaginative speculation is everywhere these days, and sadly in the church. One rampant notion is that of giant offspring of angels / aliens and humans, usually called Nephilim (wrongly). All sorts of utter nonsense is being spouted about this idea, with people even making it the key to the future. One man has even professed to believe in satyrs!!! That these teachers are supposed Christian leaders is a disgrace. It is all rubbish as I explain in this paper.

22 April 2017: What time should churches meet on Sunday?

So few people ever discuss this matter and most presume that the local practice is the norm. It almost certainly is not. This is a simple Biblical analysis, taking pragmatics into consideration. The apostolic method is the best method and goes against normal modern practice (as usual).

16 April 2017: Preparationism

This is a paper analysing and refuting the doctrine of Preparationism. Sadly this was common amongst the Puritans and subsequently has been popularised amongst modern Baptists. This doctrine is not Biblical, not Reformed and is very damaging.

7 April 2017: Delighting in God’s Word

This paper is a devotional piece showing the immense privilege of possessing the Word of God. It shows how it reveals God's mind, through Christ, and how important it is to study it carefully.

6 April 2017: Who gassed the Syrian children?

The deep state driven media is at it again trying to foist war, possibly world war upon us. Although the BBC is happy to repeat lie upon lie, even a cursory examination of the facts regarding the Syrian Sarin attack shows that it was not done by Assad, or Russia, but by the people your taxes are funding. When will people wake up?

5 April 2017: Fake news, an analysis

This comment is necessary to warn people about the indoctrination that is well underway in society and what you must do to see past it and test what is true. To just trust the newspaper that you have read for decades, or the TV news you support, is a fatal flaw. They are now full of lies and propaganda. Be wise; be discerning; test all things; understand that deception is everywhere and is part of a spiritual battle. Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

29 March 2017: Socialism and godliness

Christians, being citizens of a heavenly city, should not be formally tied to any political party, which are worldly at best. This paper looks at Socialism and compares it with Christianity since many Socialists link the two. I also cover key elements of right wing policies, with an appendix on definitions. May it be of use.

26 March 2017: The community of love

This paper is a mere taster on the subject of divine community and the vital necessity for Christians to work this principle out on earth. It is the basis of the church being a family, not an organisation, something that is almost universally ignored.

16 March 2017: What is going on?

This paper is necessary comment on the situation in the west at the moment, which is an all out psychological war (and sometimes material oppression) of Christianity and those who support traditional values. You need to understand what is happening and be wise.

8 March 2017: The Crusades

This is an expansion of an appendix to my paper on Islam regarding the Crusades. Since it is such an inflammatory issue today, we need to give more attention to the facts. I have tried to give a complete assessment of the causes, exploits, problems and benefits of the Crusades in as simple a manner as possible to enable you to silence critics and stifle some of the extremely foolish rhetoric.

2 March 2017: Distant drums

This is an analysis and history of the use of drums. It shows what the purposes of drums are in society and discusses their relevance within church worship. Needless to say, along with other musical instruments, there is no place for drums. Indeed, drums are the very last thing a church should consider introducing.

26 February 2017: Who rules the world?

This is a simple paper that really consists of Scriptures and little argument. It covers a very important topic, but one that is practically denied by many supposed Christians today, leading to them believe a range of heresies. This doctrine must be strongly defended.

23 February 2017: A very simple essay on God’s law

This is a very concise paper explaining God's law. This is much misunderstood by people on both sides of the fence, antinomians and legalists. I trust this helps you to understand the truth.

16 February 2017: Islam, theology and history

This is a book of great importance. It is a complete survey of Islam that supplies information in one source that will be rarely seen elsewhere. It expounds all aspects of Islam from theology, to ethics, to politics, to history, fully explaining why most people have a very wrong idea about Islam; this includes many supposed Muslims. I also explain what is going on in societies where Muslims have gained a foothold and show why they are doing this (following Muhammad) and what the expected outcome is. The facts that I expose, with as little passion as possible, are truly appalling. Everyone needs to understand these facts, especially Christians.

19 January 2017: Apostasy 2, Analysis

In order to explain the technicalities about the doctrine of apostasy, this paper analyses what it is, what words are used in Scripture and how other doctrines are affected by it. I trust this will answer any questions.

13 January 2017: Apostasy

This is a paper on a terrible subject; apostasy. This needs to be addressed today because we are seeing people, and especially church leaders, apostatise at a terrible rate. I have tried to expound this properly to give a good foundation on the matter. I trust that the conclusion shows that this is not an entirely negative subject. We must individually persevere and encourage each other to love and good works.

31 December 2016: Out of Zion

The Lord has constrained me to write a suitable paper to end the year with. This paper explains what Zion is, both technically and spiritually. It is an important subject that has much to say to the Lord's people.

19 December 2016: Why Darwin was not a great man

Here is a simple paper that demonstrates why Charles Darwin was a fake who did no original science but introduced terrible effects into society. He was neither a trained scientist nor an original thinker. His continued admiration by 'scientific' media celebrities merely shows the poverty of current thinking.

7 December 2016: God is Love, what does that mean

This is a paper that does not simply expound the doctrine of God's attribute of love but explains why a concentration upon this attribute above all others is a big mistake. It fails to appreciate what God's word says his chief attribute actually is. Worse, a focus upon love has led to multiple errors of doctrine and practice and has caused Arminianism to overtake Calvinism in the last 100 years.

29 November 2016: Templates of Christian religion

This is a paper which strives to expose the underlying formulations and fashions that undergird many churches. These have been around throughout history but are today appearing all over the place as the churches become more apostate. Those which exhibit several of these tendencies are the most heretical. This is a new way of evaluating what churches actually are. I trust it will be helpful.

This is a book on the Doctrines of Grace. I have tried to write the best possible summary that I can and yet cover all the aspects in necessary depth. There are numerous diagrams, tables, quotes, appendices and several excursus papers. For example, there is a detailed history of the attacks on the doctrines of grace as well as an explanation of the champions of sovereign grace. I also cover many important subjects that are usually ignored. I have been tempted to continue developing this as ideas come to mind, but have decided to stop here before it becomes a tome. This is a reasonable and accessible book which seeks to give the student all he needs to know on the matter. May God be glorified.

8 November 2016: Where theology and politics meet

This is a paper explaining both the importance of theology but also of our being lights in the world. This means that we are necessarily involved in true politics. This is not worldly partisan politics but being a bellwether for our neighbours and doing good to all, as we are able. Modern Christians seem to want little of either.

1 November 2016: Syria, What is really going on?

This paper is important because the news reporting in the mainstream media [MSM] is full of lies and distortion. In fact the general picture is the opposite of the truth. It is important for believers to understand what's involved since your government's policies are resulting in the deaths of Christians, just as it did in Iraq, which the MSM never talks about. Your taxes are being used to hurt the church. You should be appraised of the truth when determining your political support.

20 October 2016: Expect no global revival

This is a paper that shows you what Charismatic global revivalists think, how they behave and what they claim. I then show what Jesus and the apostles actually teach, which is the direct opposite. Those who teach the opposite of Jesus are following a satanic strategy. No more need be said.

10 October 2016: False Flares

There has never been an era when lying propaganda was used so heavily on civilian populations. You are literally being conditioned by various systems around you to tow the establishment line; without this the elite could not get away with their policies. Jesus warned us about the extent of deception in the world, especially at the end and Christians should be wiser than the world in this matter. Sadly, so often that is not the case and many modern 'Christians' are even more deceived than the world, especially by Charismatic deceit. I explain this and give multiple examples of how the world governments have lied to you to achieve a certain goal. Don't accept the lies that are currently being perpetrated today, especially as war threatens.

5 October 2016: Praying in Colour

This is an analysis of the latest fad (aberration) to emerge from the apostate church. It is a means of encouraging mysticism and results in non-prayer. Beware.

6 September 2016: How Orthodox is the Orthodox Church

After some questions I thought it useful to give a full summary of the Eastern Orthodox Church. This is useful since many Protestants (mainly disenchanted Charismatics) have joined it in recent decades and folk should know what is involved. This is a thorough examination of doctrine and practice which shows that it is far from Biblical and seriously heretical.

29 August 2016: An exposé of shocking false teaching

This is an exposé of a very serious false teacher and a very unpleasant person. I know that some of you have friends who follow this man because you have asked for my help previously. Here is a simple summary of some of his errors and an example of his vile defamation found in one video of a speech. I then analyse and comment on the points he makes and the character he manifests. Though much could be written about this man, and I have done so years ago, this short paper is all that you really need; he stands condemned by his own words and attitude. This should help you have ammunition to assist your friends.

15 August 2016: Advice for disciples

Here is the very subjective and outspoken advice of an older believer to younger ones. It concerns that which I believe to be important, even if I cut across normal counseling, which is too often politically correct church platitudes. Though some of you may be older than me, I believe the advice is still sound.

7 August 2016: Christianity: the reality vs. the illusion

Many members of modern churches have no idea what real Christianity is. Instead of following Christ, their lifestyles manifest the opposite of Christ's character. This paper explains the need to maintain a godly testimony and shows some areas where this is expressed in society. Christianity is an active religion, not a passive thing experienced in a glorified social club.

21 July 2016: Occasional Thoughts 7

A call for clarity from Imams. The current war in western society. Where are the apocalyptic Brexit events? The continuing denial of democracy. Theresa May. The media war hiding the build up to a hot war.

18 July 2016: The Gospel for ‘Christians’

Having recently met with some old friends, some of whom are religious Anglicans, it behooved me to write a paper explaining the Biblical Gospel for religious people who think that they are Christians but are not evangelical. Essentially, such religious folk do not know what Christ said a Christian is; and only his definition is worth anything. Thus this paper seeks to clarify the Biblical Gospel.

1 July 2016: The denial of democracy

As the Brexit vote continues to send shock waves through the establishment, this paper shows how the referendum has exposed the denial of democracy in the parliamentary system, and particularly in the political party system. It is time for a change.

27 June 2016: The Great Divorce

This paper contains my observations following the referendum vote which led to Brexit. A great deal has yet to occur and we cannot be complacent.

24 June 2016: Punishment

This doctrine continues to be denied by many, ignored in social culture and eroded from the justice system. However, it is a divine principle and one which is vital to the doctrine of God and the blessing of salvation. We ignore this subject at our peril.

17 June 2016: God's mercy

This is a paper that explains the vital foundation of election in the attributes of God and the expression of salvation. God does not love everyone and does not have mercy on everyone. His grace only extends to his people, the elect. This, however, must be distinguished from God's providence which is to the whole earth of necessity in preserving the elect.

13 June 2016: Self-delusion

This is an important paper that analyses how we can be deceived and what we must do to avoid it. Sadly the churches are filled with people and leaders that never did this and have fallen into apostasy. I trust that it will help you lead an effective testimony.

3 June 2016: Money and power for satanic destruction

You may have already seen the introduction to this paper. The rest explains what is going on in the world today and how the satanic purpose is being worked out through the elite, which involves people devoted to money and power seeking control over the world more and more. Your politicians fall into this bracket and, with a few exceptions, they are a deeply corrupt bunch utterly committed to the elite aims, and thus ultimately to Satan. I give some specific examples of this in terms of strategy, history and individuals. The purpose is to inform you and to warn you to keep your hands clean by avoiding their plans, and doing certain spiritual and practical things.

30 May 2016: The satanic plan: introductory principles

This is the introduction to a paper that I am working on but it struck me that it may be of use on its own. It is a primer regarding Satanic activity on the earth and what this is all about.

16 May 2016: A contrast of tongue speaking

This is a paper that simply sets out the acute differences between apostolic tongues and the false tongues of the modern Charismatic Movement. It does this by using a clear tabular analysis. I trust this will be of use.

11 May 2016: Fully Pleasing God

The subtitle of this paper is 'Ten things to pray for in your growth in grace', and that sums up the purpose of the article. The most important matter before us today is to learn how to fully please God and maintain a good testimony. Sadly that is greatly misunderstood in many places and bad teaching leads many churches into apostasy where God is not pleased at all. I trust that this exposition of Paul's desire for disciples will lead you into truth that will release you into a better testimony.

24 April 2016: The wound that was healed

This is an explanation of a much debated text in Rev 13. I show what this really is and apply the verse to what is going on around us today. There is also exposition of parallel passages in Rev 17 and 20. This passage is not difficult to understand, but it needs wisdom. Sadly, little of that is often applied in the speculations of commentators. We must not limit God's word to our convenient literal interpretations.

12 April 2016: The Mark of the Beast

I have been asked about this subject a few times recently and thought that a paper on it may be of use to people. So much junk has been written about this that it is time for a breath of sanity.

7 April 2016: Forgotten Blessings

This is a paper highlighting a number of matters that we should give God thanks for and which are often ignored or forgotten. We ought to be the most advanced saints in history; sadly we are far from that.

29 March 2016: Exiting the EU Summary

It occurred to me that busy people cannot easily find the time to read a 50 page document. Therefore, I have summarised the points made in the previous paper in this concise version a quarter of the size. I think it still adequately covers most areas.

16 March 2016: Exiting the European Union

This is a paper that gives you much neglected history showing that the long term purpose of the EU founders was, and still is, a federal superstate, a United States of Europe (their term). There are various other sections giving you details on related matters of importance, including a portion on the basis of UK sovereignty in the Constitution. You need to know this information in order to be able to vote with integrity and in an informed manner. Others will try to scare you with prognostications about the future, mostly lies. This paper gives you historical facts about what has already happened. You should judge on the basis of facts, not scaremongering.

8 March 2016: Simple eschatology

A paper that does what it says. It gives a simple explanation of Biblical eschatology and a summary of the various views. I trust it will be helpful.

3 March 2016: Tradition

This is a paper on the need to discriminate between Biblical tradition, which is to be obeyed, and the tradition of men, which is to be rejected. Though this is a simple matter, very many in the church today make serious mistakes about this.

24 February 2016: Occasional Thoughts 6

Zika – Freaka. Frankenstein-trees. ‘Alimentary, my dear Watson’. Drums of war.

16 February 2016: The Charismatic Movement is a Failure

This is a long paper fully documenting the utter failure of the Charismatic Movement, especially in the UK. The effects of this failure are dramatic, extensive and shattering. God's people need to be cognisant of these things. Charismatic leaders need to hang their head in shame. I trust this will be a useful resource as a summary of Charismatic errors with specific examples.

5 February 2016: Lonnie Frisbee

This is the best in-depth biography I can come up with for this obscure and deliberately hidden character. Few have even heard of him and yet he was the most important catalyst in the foundations of both Calvary Chapel and The Vineyard churches, two of the biggest Charismatic denominations in the world, and the two that spawned Christian rock music and modern Charismatic worship, as well as the Signs and Wonders movement. He was a tragic personality and his input into the modern Charismatic church scene needs to be understood. May this be of use.

31 January 2016: Occasional Thoughts 5

Virtue versus Truth. Pursuing God’s will. Predatory tactics. Weapons – common sense. Making evil good. Economic collapse.

25 January 2016: Rejoicing and anxiety

Superficial study can lead to all sorts of errors and extreme behaviour is often the result of taking a verse out of context or without understanding the analogy of Scripture (the sum of Biblical teaching). This is a particular case in point. Perfectionists tell us that we must always be rejoicing at every moment, but this is clearly Biblically wrong as well as being impossible on this earth. They also tell us that anxiety is a sin; yet Paul affirmed that he was sometimes anxious for good reasons. Similarly, some state that we must never be angry or complain; yet God does both these things. What the Bible teaches is righteousness; we must do what is right and good; we do what is appropriate and godly. That may include weeping (as Jesus wept) as well as rejoicing. This paper investigates this matter fully.

16 January 2016: The gradual destruction of the NHS

Although not directly applicable to my overseas friends, this paper still has many important and relevant points. For British people, this paper describes how the current government is committed to a vicious plan to destroy the NHS. This plan involves lies, intrigue, fraud as well as public statements. You need to understand this in order to be a responsible citizen. Already many thousands of people have no GP and both London and Birmingham surgeries are taking no new patients. Both areas are affecting my own family negatively. Soon this will affect many more people as GPs are leaving the job thoroughly fed up with the stress and extra unpaid work. In time UK healthcare will be back to Dickensian standards. Already some areas are being denied necessary operations, treatment or equipment. What is worse is that the politicians organising this degeneration are profiting from being on the boards of the private companies taking NHS work. You need to see the data supplied here. The facts speak for themselves. It is an act of great wickedness.

11 January 2016: The Fulness of Christ

This is an extremely important subject that is not given sufficient attention today. Indeed, there are multiple errors regarding this prevalent in the churches today. It is vital that we affirm all that God's word says about the nature and glory of Christ. It is the very bedrock of our salvation.

18 December 2015: Training in godliness

An important paper explaining how we work out our salvation with God willing inside us. The Spirit is responsible for our sanctification but he does not do the work for us. Surprisingly, the mystical errors of perfectionism still abound in the church today. Such mysticism is false. Faith WORKS through love.

13 December 2015: Occasional Thoughts 4

Democracy?, World War threat, Revelation vs. emotionalism, The Paris attacks, Attempted destruction of the church, Suffering versus sovereignty.

4 December 2015: Who created ISIS?

A paper that you need to read in order to understand what is actually going on in Syria. The whole war against IS is a fabrication and a means to make geopolitical changes, introduce radical domestic despotic laws and possibly usher in a world war. Cameron is complicit in this and is now spending your taxes to bomb innocent civilians, only serving to further radicalise offended Muslims and threaten the UK. The days of the elite fooling people are drawing to a close as more and more people see what is going on. Remember all the lies when (if) you next vote. Of course, the believer sees all this as part of the end time plans to bring about a satanic, global, despotic government.

22 November 2015: Occasional Thoughts 3

True saints, sensitivity to sin, worldliness, governmental madness, Cameron’s folly, Statins: a final solution.

21 November 2015: OT History of Israel

This paper, really a book, has taken a considerable amount of time and effort. It seeks to give, in simple and bullet point terms, a history of Israel up to the Bar Khoba revolt. I believe this to be a very useful tool for Bible students. Many do not know the difference between Hosea and Hoshea, Jehu and Joab, Joab and Joash or Amasa and Amasai. As well as being a potted history, with multiple tables and definitions, it also serves as an abbreviated Bible encyclopaedia. I wish I had been given something like this when I was a young Christian. May it be of use.

16 November 2015: Miracles

A biblical critique of the Charismatic apologetic for their pursuit of miracles. I show why this pursuit is actually unbiblical and why miracles generally occur. I do not know why no one has evaluated the matter in this way before (as far as I am aware). I believe it is conclusive and obvious.

9 November 2015: Occasional Thoughts 2

Philanthropy, social breakdown, ghost Christians, killer bacon, boys will be girls, the basis of politics, the UN and world government.

28 October 2015: Occasional Thoughts 1

UK paedophiles; free energy; government lies; plastic bags; Putin; chemtrails; migrants.

20 September 2015: Dreams

A paper dealing with the subject of dreams. There is a huge amount of nonsense written and taught about dreams which is all around you, particularly in Charismatic streams. This sort of speculative, old covenant stuff will do you no good at all. My approach here is to be as Biblical as possible and to give a New Covenant evaluation of the matter. I trust it will be of use.

11 September 2015: 23 September 2015 - the end? 

A simple and quick paper to address the panic and speculation causing a frenzy on the religious web and various books and articles regarding eschatological events supposed to occur in the next week or so. Panic not, it is all nonsense, as usual. There is not going to be a secret rapture this month. Read the paper to see why.

10 September 2015: The nature of man 

A very important paper explaining the tripartite nature of man (trichotomy). This is a much debated issue in Reformed circles and one which is both misunderstood and ignored by many systematics completely. Sadly, it is spoken about in perfectionist and Charismatic writings where it is much debased and confused. Ironically, the details of the subject expounded here are absolutely vital in order to understand the practical aspects of sanctification. This is one reason why holiness is rarely seen these days. Very few understand what the heart is, where it is, what the old man is, what the new man is, what the difference between soul and spirit is etc. If teachers do not understand this, how can church members? I trust that this will be a help for you all. It is the result of several decades of study and meditation and I doubt you will see such an evaluation anywhere else.

9 September 2015: The coming economic collapse

This is a severe warning about the coming economic collapse. I know this is scary but it is not scaremongering. It is a warning to prepare for it sensibly. Most Christians have little clue about this and yet it will directly affect them. Being in the tribulation means there are difficult times ahead. We must deal with this faithfully.

21 August 2015: Psalm 74: a comment on the modern church

This is a comment on the modern church apostasy as expounded in Psalm 74. Desecration of God's temple is nothing new and the principles of prayer and action are the same. We can learn from Asaph.

18 August 2015: Ghosts

A simple paper explaining what the Bible teaches about Ghosts. It needs little comment.

12 August 2015: Externalism

A paper showing how important the inner life of the believer is and how externalism rules in many churches today. Externalism produces dead works; communing with Christ leads to spiritual fruit. I trust it will be helpful.

10 August 2015: Simple indicators of a young earth

A paper that seeks to provide a large number of reasons to believe in a young earth and a young cosmos. I have tried to keep these observations as simple as possible, but have given multiple references for further research. I trust this will help Christians becoming more confident in defending the faith.

5 August 2015: God's power in the church

This is a paper that explains how God's power is centred in the church on earth in these days. It is not a flamboyant expression of power but it is a great power. Christians need to understand what this power is and where it is centred.

31 July 2015: Branches for burning

A paper that gives the correct exposition of a much debated passage of Scripture which even many good expositors have got completely wrong. It explains what the 'branches' for burning really means. This is not a terribly obscure passage, it is a very important one for the modern church.

25 July 2015: Church Apostasy: Where do I Fellowship?

This is a practical paper that examines the situation that most of us face today, what do we do in the light of church apostasy? The normal advice given by leaders is far too shallow and fails to take into account God's prior will. Your holiness is God's prime concern and that must undergird your decisions.

19 July 2015: Why use the term 'G-d'?

Yet another novelty in the apostasy-ridden churches, using the term 'G-d' for God; supposedly out of respect. In fact it is due to adopting the superstitious attitudes of the Pharisees to word magic as taught by Talmudic rabbis. It is not reverential, it is a demonic deception. Oh that God's people would wake up and focus on his Word instead of the fables of men.

15 July 2015: Feminism

The best deceptions have a morsel of truth and, like scorpions, their biggest threat is at first hidden from victims. This describes feminism. While early achievements, such as equal pay for equal work, were righteous, the movement soon revealed its true colours - which represent an attack on God himself and a perversion of his law. Many sincere women have been led into appalling error, sin and wickedness by this movement, including being exposed to paganism and witchcraft. Despite this little is being said by church leaders, in the UK at least. You need to read this paper and be educated what feminism is really all about. It is pernicious.

7 July 2015: The name of, 'Jesus'

Have you been told that you must call Jesus by the name of Yeshua or even Yashua? Have you been confused as to what to think? Has the English church been wrong on this for 2,000 years? This is a pretty detailed paper explaining what you need to know and what the lies are, and even where they came from. Do not be confused, God is satisfied with you calling his Son, 'Jesus'.

3 July 2015: Exposing false workers

This is an encyclopaedia of ways to identify false teachers in the church, of which there are many. Normally two or three characteristics will be sufficient to get a good idea, but this paper gives you the A to Z lowdown on how to spot dangerous elements in the churches. Never has this information been more necessary than today.

23 June 2015: The True Position of Jews

Huge numbers of churchgoers have been deceived about the subject of Jews and Judaism, and this has only occurred during the awful apostasy and deception that has developed in the last 150 years, an unprecedented falling away. This paper is a detailed exposition of what the Bible expressly teaches about Jews from cover to cover; indeed, most of the salient points rest chiefly on numerous Biblical quotes. I also explain modern Judaism and what it entails. This is important and sobering reading. It is necessary for you to keep yourself in the word of God on this issue.

11 June 2015: The vital importance of God’s word

This is a paper demonstrating the absolute vital importance of God's word and the huge privilege it is for man, alone in creation, to have possession of it. This gives us insight into God's mind and heart, allowing us to understand who God is, as well as what he desires of us. This being so, God's word is at the heart of all Satan's attacks on the church. I show a number of features of these attacks today. By being warned about these we can avoid losing focus on God's word to us.

5 June 2015: Pacifism?

This is often ignored in systematics and it is rarely expounded in any depth. More unusual is that most evangelical scholars have opted to deny absolute pacifism and accept violence in certain circumstances. I show that this is a big mistake.

1 June 2015: Current background theology

A synopsis of the theological systems behind current UK church streams.

20 May 2015: A New Epitome of Church History

This paper has involved hundreds of hours of work and strives to be a thorough introduction to church history. The first edition was sent out to those on my e-mail address list in 2013. This edition has dozens of new pages and some updates. I believe this to be a thorough resource, in a concise fashion, of all you need to know. There is even a section on philosophy. Some sections form thorough summaries of major events in their own right, such as the Westminster Assembly or the development of the English Bible. I trust it will be of use.

16 May 2015: A Powerful Testimony

There are many preachers who claim to offer you success in five easy steps or some such nonsense.  There is no easy and simple way to spiritual success because it is all about character, and that comes through experience (often suffering) based on knowledge. This paper seeks to lay out essential Biblical matters that form the basis of a powerful testimony learned by hard experience. May it be of use.

12 May 2015: The Satanic Purpose

Believers urgently need to understand the eternal plan of God or they will fail to really understand theology and their part in God's purpose. Having done that, believers also need to understand what the plan of Satan is or they will fail to understand his devices against them and will end up serving him rather than God. Many Christians today actually serve the devil rather than God without even knowing it.This paper explains this and gives some examples. May it make you wise unto salvation.

11 May 2015: Thoughts on the UK 2015 election

These are my thoughts on the election. For those not interested in the UK election, there are some pertinent Biblical thoughts about involvement in politics in the conclusion.

29 April 2015: Life in the resurrection

This is a subject that is rarely discussed but one that forms the background to our hope. We should consider this. An exposition of what life is like in the new world. I trust it will be an encouragement.

23 April 2015: The UK Election 2015: Things to consider

With apologies to oversees subscribers, this paper simply lays out some important facts to consider regarding the upcoming UK election. I do not tell anyone how to vote but just give vital facts that you need to be aware of regarding two or three issues.

17 April 2015: A plea to professing Christians

A paper showing that mere assent is not faith and that what is needed is a real meeting with God that results in divine grace to believe and repent. I fear that many church goers do not truly know God having only an intellectual acceptance of Christianity or an emotional response to church going. My hope is that such folk would read this and go on to seek God Biblically.

10 April 2015: An apologetic for Christianity in Britain

An apologetic for the historic subset of Christianity in Britain from the very earliest times. The current war against Christianity by politicians and the elite is really an attack on Britain itself.

26 March 2015: Loving God

A paper on a deep theological matter that is very practical. Loving God in Scripture is straightforward and down to earth. Yet many today elevate it to some mystical, metaphysical nonsense that is really just emotionalism. In a nutshell, lovers of God are those who obey his commandments. This paper shows you how.

16 March 2015: A Response to David Engelsma

A paper written to defend a wrongly criticised friend. The argument may give the reader helpful understanding about the matter (and debate) of law and grace.

13 March 2015: Being Necessarily Negative

A paper that is self explanatory. However, some people just do not grasp this at all. This issue must be grasped and acted upon or we ruin our testimony.

27 February 2015: Theodicy: A response to Stephen Fry

A paper dealing with the popular YouTube video of Stephen Fry denouncing God on the basis of human suffering.

23 February 2015: The depths of deception (For a PDF version of this paper, click here)

This is hugely important, eye-opening and quite shocking. It shows the levels of deceitful control at all levels of society by the controlling elite. This is especially true in religion and politics.

 

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21 September 2017: J’Accuse

This paper is a condemnation of the situation in Britain today. This is the result of a series of anti-Christian governments that are intent on destroying Christian mores and social structures in this country. It stands condemned by God's law.

20 September 2017: A voice for North Korea

This paper is a much needed explanation of the situation in, and mindset of, North Korea, as well as a short history. This is rarely, if ever, presented in the media; in fact the media constantly presents a one-sided, exaggerated, and often falsified view. You need to read this to get a balanced view.

12 September 2017: Non-involvement in politics

In response to one questioner, and to cover other future comments, this paper fully explains my argument that Christians must do good to all but not get involved in worldly politics. The argument is very clear. I also look at some objections, such as the slavery issue.

6 September 2017: New Calvinism is not like Calvin

This is an important paper that shows the devastating effects of New Calvinism, which is just one of the many recent strategies of the enemy to bring doctrinal corruption and worldliness into the church. Many are being fooled by this disparate movement and Reformed leaders are not adequately confronting this.

5 September 2017: Walk with wisdom

This paper shows why wisdom and discernment are absolutely vital in this world of deception. Everything must be tested, not just the elite mainstream; nothing can be trusted. I explain why and give practical advice. I also examine the situation at Charlottesville and use it as an example. The mainstream media picture of this was utterly false.

28 August 2017: Synergism

This is an expansion of a footnote in my paper on Lutheranism. In two pages it gives a concise breakdown of synergistic systems.

28 August 2017: Lutheranism

Many evangelicals know little or nothing about Lutheranism, even though it stands at the beginning of Protestantism. This paper explains the history and the theology. The Lutheranism of today is not like the Lutheranism of Martin Luther.

21 August 2017: The problem of perjury

Society is dominated by wickedness. This wickedness is controlled by people committed to certain agendas. One means of facilitating these agendas is to lie to the public; thus politicians are frequently caught out in blatant lies. But it is worse than that. There are several religious groups who are allowed by their religion to lie and deceive outsiders. Many people in such groups are in high levels of power. You need to understand the basis of this lying so that you are not deceived yourself.

14 August 2017: The great reversal

This paper seeks to explain analytically and concisely the key reversals of truth that have plagued the church in the last 150 years or so. While much more could be written, if I had time and strength, this is sufficient for most people. It shows the terrible cancer of demonic lies taken wholesale into the churches today. I include proponents, sources, teachings, practices, errors and Biblical texts. There is also a couple of separate papers at the end, one of which destroys the Charismatic proposal of a gradual restoration of Charismatic truth to the church. While it is a long read with a great deal of detailed information, it is sectioned to be able to be used as a reference work.

4 August 2017: Engaging with authorities in the world

This is a letter in response to questions about how far we can engage with worldly authorities. There are many mistakes made in this area which ruin Christian lives. Our job is to do God's will and do it with wisdom.

27 July 2017: Islam in 5 minutes

For all those busy people out there, here is my summary of Islam. While there are many introductions to Islam available, very many are filled with falsehoods (Taqiyya) to deliberately lead you astray. In addition, even many Muslims have no idea what Muhammad taught what Islam is all about. My précis gets to the root of the matter in a few pages (perhaps a bit more than five minutes). There is enough information here, with evidences, for you to hold your own in any debate.

24 July 2017: How to deal with disappointment

This is a very practical, and yet theological, paper explaining how to be prepared for trials and what to do in them. I need add nothing else. Sadly, few that I meet understand how to do this.

14 July 2017: Insane policies

Do you think that your government is benevolent and cares for everyone in society? This paper shows that governments are in collusion with God's enemy and foster all sorts of wicked projects that only insane people would condone. They even sponsor programmes that harm their own families. This is part of the wickedness of man coming to fulness that I explain in other papers. Here I simply outline a number of insane government policies that are wicked and just nuts!

29 June 2017: The power of His resurrection

This paper expounds a short but very important passage which is completely misunderstood by most commentators. It is of vital importance in understanding sanctification and encouragement to press on.

26 June 2017: Scripture, proof and reproof

The Bible is God's inspired word to us, giving us the very thoughts of God. It is the basis of all our spiritual education and I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for us to study it earnestly. Sadly, much that passes as teaching in modern churches is nothing short of a tragedy.

17 June 2017: The 2017 UK General Election

I wasn't going to write on this but, as I am being asked for my comments, it makes sense to put my thoughts down in one developed paper. Thus I have given my analysis, for what it is worth.

4 June 2017: Apostles first or first apostles

This is a clear exposition of a verse to show that the Charismatic practice of apostles ruling the church is entirely false. There is also an appendix on the matter of submission to leaders.

30 May 2017: Fellowship in the truth

This is an exposition of an important passage in Ephesians that few interpret correctly. It shows the vital importance of every member in the local church and how every member ministry (mutual edification) equips the saints and promotes growth. The reason why the churches are in a mess is because this is nowhere practised.

25 May 2017: The faith of evolutionists

This is a paper showing that the position of evolutionists is far from being based upon scientific certainty but is, rather, a faith based position that trusts in poor factual foundations. In fact, the Creationist position is far more in accordance with known scientific facts. I have tried to source most quotes and statements from secular sources.

16 May 2017: The sojourn in Egypt

Was Israel in Egypt for 215, 400 or 430 years? The Bible, and Jewish historians, suggest all three. This paper explains why there is no discrepancy.

7 May 2017: Hypocrisy: How you are being manipulated

This paper exposes the hypocrisy that is prevalent in the mainstream media today. The reason for this is following an indoctrination programme to manipulate most of society to acquiesce to global elite strategies. Thus a certain feature in one area is highlighted when the same feature in another is completely ignored. For example: the deaths of 113 civilians in Syria is falsely blamed on Assad and trumpeted across the world but the deaths of many thousands of civilians, including many Christians, by US and UK air-strikes in Iraq and Syria are completely ignored. Be warned. There is no fairness or balance in journalism today in the media.

3 May 2017: Nephilim, Anunnaki and other tall stories

Imaginative speculation is everywhere these days, and sadly in the church. One rampant notion is that of giant offspring of angels / aliens and humans, usually called Nephilim (wrongly). All sorts of utter nonsense is being spouted about this idea, with people even making it the key to the future. One man has even professed to believe in satyrs!!! That these teachers are supposed Christian leaders is a disgrace. It is all rubbish as I explain in this paper.

22 April 2017: What time should churches meet on Sunday?

So few people ever discuss this matter and most presume that the local practice is the norm. It almost certainly is not. This is a simple Biblical analysis, taking pragmatics into consideration. The apostolic method is the best method and goes against normal modern practice (as usual).

16 April 2017: Preparationism

This is a paper analysing and refuting the doctrine of Preparationism. Sadly this was common amongst the Puritans and subsequently has been popularised amongst modern Baptists. This doctrine is not Biblical, not Reformed and is very damaging.

7 April 2017: Delighting in God’s Word

This paper is a devotional piece showing the immense privilege of possessing the Word of God. It shows how it reveals God's mind, through Christ, and how important it is to study it carefully.

6 April 2017: Who gassed the Syrian children?

The deep state driven media is at it again trying to foist war, possibly world war upon us. Although the BBC is happy to repeat lie upon lie, even a cursory examination of the facts regarding the Syrian Sarin attack shows that it was not done by Assad, or Russia, but by the people your taxes are funding. When will people wake up?

5 April 2017: Fake news, an analysis

This comment is necessary to warn people about the indoctrination that is well underway in society and what you must do to see past it and test what is true. To just trust the newspaper that you have read for decades, or the TV news you support, is a fatal flaw. They are now full of lies and propaganda. Be wise; be discerning; test all things; understand that deception is everywhere and is part of a spiritual battle. Be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

29 March 2017: Socialism and godliness

Christians, being citizens of a heavenly city, should not be formally tied to any political party, which are worldly at best. This paper looks at Socialism and compares it with Christianity since many Socialists link the two. I also cover key elements of right wing policies, with an appendix on definitions. May it be of use.

26 March 2017: The community of love

This paper is a mere taster on the subject of divine community and the vital necessity for Christians to work this principle out on earth. It is the basis of the church being a family, not an organisation, something that is almost universally ignored.

16 March 2017: What is going on?

This paper is necessary comment on the situation in the west at the moment, which is an all out psychological war (and sometimes material oppression) of Christianity and those who support traditional values. You need to understand what is happening and be wise.

8 March 2017: The Crusades

This is an expansion of an appendix to my paper on Islam regarding the Crusades. Since it is such an inflammatory issue today, we need to give more attention to the facts. I have tried to give a complete assessment of the causes, exploits, problems and benefits of the Crusades in as simple a manner as possible to enable you to silence critics and stifle some of the extremely foolish rhetoric.

2 March 2017: Distant drums

This is an analysis and history of the use of drums. It shows what the purposes of drums are in society and discusses their relevance within church worship. Needless to say, along with other musical instruments, there is no place for drums. Indeed, drums are the very last thing a church should consider introducing.

26 February 2017: Who rules the world?

This is a simple paper that really consists of Scriptures and little argument. It covers a very important topic, but one that is practically denied by many supposed Christians today, leading to them believe a range of heresies. This doctrine must be strongly defended.

23 February 2017: A very simple essay on God’s law

This is a very concise paper explaining God's law. This is much misunderstood by people on both sides of the fence, antinomians and legalists. I trust this helps you to understand the truth.

16 February 2017: Islam, theology and history

This is a book of great importance. It is a complete survey of Islam that supplies information in one source that will be rarely seen elsewhere. It expounds all aspects of Islam from theology, to ethics, to politics, to history, fully explaining why most people have a very wrong idea about Islam; this includes many supposed Muslims. I also explain what is going on in societies where Muslims have gained a foothold and show why they are doing this (following Muhammad) and what the expected outcome is. The facts that I expose, with as little passion as possible, are truly appalling. Everyone needs to understand these facts, especially Christians.

19 January 2017: Apostasy 2, Analysis

In order to explain the technicalities about the doctrine of apostasy, this paper analyses what it is, what words are used in Scripture and how other doctrines are affected by it. I trust this will answer any questions.

13 January 2017: Apostasy

This is a paper on a terrible subject; apostasy. This needs to be addressed today because we are seeing people, and especially church leaders, apostatise at a terrible rate. I have tried to expound this properly to give a good foundation on the matter. I trust that the conclusion shows that this is not an entirely negative subject. We must individually persevere and encourage each other to love and good works.

31 December 2016: Out of Zion

The Lord has constrained me to write a suitable paper to end the year with. This paper explains what Zion is, both technically and spiritually. It is an important subject that has much to say to the Lord's people.

19 December 2016: Why Darwin was not a great man

Here is a simple paper that demonstrates why Charles Darwin was a fake who did no original science but introduced terrible effects into society. He was neither a trained scientist nor an original thinker. His continued admiration by 'scientific' media celebrities merely shows the poverty of current thinking.

7 December 2016: God is Love, what does that mean

This is a paper that does not simply expound the doctrine of God's attribute of love but explains why a concentration upon this attribute above all others is a big mistake. It fails to appreciate what God's word says his chief attribute actually is. Worse, a focus upon love has led to multiple errors of doctrine and practice and has caused Arminianism to overtake Calvinism in the last 100 years.

This is a paper which strives to expose the underlying formulations and fashions that undergird many churches. These have been around throughout history but are today appearing all over the place as the churches become more apostate. Those which exhibit several of these tendencies are the most heretical. This is a new way of evaluating what churches actually are. I trust it will be helpful.

15 November 2016: The Doctrines of Grace: a summary

This is a book on the Doctrines of Grace. I have tried to write the best possible summary that I can and yet cover all the aspects in necessary depth. There are numerous diagrams, tables, quotes, appendices and several excursus papers. For example, there is a detailed history of the attacks on the doctrines of grace as well as an explanation of the champions of sovereign grace. I also cover many important subjects that are usually ignored. I have been tempted to continue developing this as ideas come to mind, but have decided to stop here before it becomes a tome. This is a reasonable and accessible book which seeks to give the student all he needs to know on the matter. May God be glorified.

8 November 2016: Where theology and politics meet

This is a paper explaining both the importance of theology but also of our being lights in the world. This means that we are necessarily involved in true politics. This is not worldly partisan politics but being a bellwether for our neighbours and doing good to all, as we are able. Modern Christians seem to want little of either.

1 November 2016: Syria, What is really going on?

This paper is important because the news reporting in the mainstream media [MSM] is full of lies and distortion. In fact the general picture is the opposite of the truth. It is important for believers to understand what's involved since your government's policies are resulting in the deaths of Christians, just as it did in Iraq, which the MSM never talks about. Your taxes are being used to hurt the church. You should be appraised of the truth when determining your political support.

20 October 2016: Expect no global revival

This is a paper that shows you what Charismatic global revivalists think, how they behave and what they claim. I then show what Jesus and the apostles actually teach, which is the direct opposite. Those who teach the opposite of Jesus are following a satanic strategy. No more need be said.

10 October 2016: False Flares

There has never been an era when lying propaganda was used so heavily on civilian populations. You are literally being conditioned by various systems around you to tow the establishment line; without this the elite could not get away with their policies. Jesus warned us about the extent of deception in the world, especially at the end and Christians should be wiser than the world in this matter. Sadly, so often that is not the case and many modern 'Christians' are even more deceived than the world, especially by Charismatic deceit. I explain this and give multiple examples of how the world governments have lied to you to achieve a certain goal. Don't accept the lies that are currently being perpetrated today, especially as war threatens.

5 October 2016: Praying in Colour

This is an analysis of the latest fad (aberration) to emerge from the apostate church. It is a means of encouraging mysticism and results in non-prayer. Beware.

6 September 2016: How Orthodox is the Orthodox Church

After some questions I thought it useful to give a full summary of the Eastern Orthodox Church. This is useful since many Protestants (mainly disenchanted Charismatics) have joined it in recent decades and folk should know what is involved. This is a thorough examination of doctrine and practice which shows that it is far from Biblical and seriously heretical.

29 August 2016: An exposé of shocking false teaching

This is an exposé of a very serious false teacher and a very unpleasant person. I know that some of you have friends who follow this man because you have asked for my help previously. Here is a simple summary of some of his errors and an example of his vile defamation found in one video of a speech. I then analyse and comment on the points he makes and the character he manifests. Though much could be written about this man, and I have done so years ago, this short paper is all that you really need; he stands condemned by his own words and attitude. This should help you have ammunition to assist your friends.

15 August 2016: Advice for disciples

Here is the very subjective and outspoken advice of an older believer to younger ones. It concerns that which I believe to be important, even if I cut across normal counseling, which is too often politically correct church platitudes. Though some of you may be older than me, I believe the advice is still sound.

7 August 2016: Christianity: the reality vs. the illusion

Many members of modern churches have no idea what real Christianity is. Instead of following Christ, their lifestyles manifest the opposite of Christ's character. This paper explains the need to maintain a godly testimony and shows some areas where this is expressed in society. Christianity is an active religion, not a passive thing experienced in a glorified social club.

21 July 2016: Occasional Thoughts 7

A call for clarity from Imams. The current war in western society. Where are the apocalyptic Brexit events? The continuing denial of democracy. Theresa May. The media war hiding the build up to a hot war.

18 July 2016: The Gospel for ‘Christians’

Having recently met with some old friends, some of whom are religious Anglicans, it behooved me to write a paper explaining the Biblical Gospel for religious people who think that they are Christians but are not evangelical. Essentially, such religious folk do not know what Christ said a Christian is; and only his definition is worth anything. Thus this paper seeks to clarify the Biblical Gospel.

1 July 2016: The denial of democracy

As the Brexit vote continues to send shock waves through the establishment, this paper shows how the referendum has exposed the denial of democracy in the parliamentary system, and particularly in the political party system. It is time for a change.

27 June 2016: The Great Divorce

This paper contains my observations following the referendum vote which led to Brexit. A great deal has yet to occur and we cannot be complacent.

24 June 2016: Punishment

This doctrine continues to be denied by many, ignored in social culture and eroded from the justice system. However, it is a divine principle and one which is vital to the doctrine of God and the blessing of salvation. We ignore this subject at our peril.

17 June 2016: God's mercy

This is a paper that explains the vital foundation of election in the attributes of God and the expression of salvation. God does not love everyone and does not have mercy on everyone. His grace only extends to his people, the elect. This, however, must be distinguished from God's providence which is to the whole earth of necessity in preserving the elect.

13 June 2016: Self-delusion

This is an important paper that analyses how we can be deceived and what we must do to avoid it. Sadly the churches are filled with people and leaders that never did this and have fallen into apostasy. I trust that it will help you lead an effective testimony.

3 June 2016: Money and power for satanic destruction

You may have already seen the introduction to this paper. The rest explains what is going on in the world today and how the satanic purpose is being worked out through the elite, which involves people devoted to money and power seeking control over the world more and more. Your politicians fall into this bracket and, with a few exceptions, they are a deeply corrupt bunch utterly committed to the elite aims, and thus ultimately to Satan. I give some specific examples of this in terms of strategy, history and individuals. The purpose is to inform you and to warn you to keep your hands clean by avoiding their plans, and doing certain spiritual and practical things.

30 May 2016: The satanic plan: introductory principles

This is the introduction to a paper that I am working on but it struck me that it may be of use on its own. It is a primer regarding Satanic activity on the earth and what this is all about.

16 May 2016: A contrast of tongue speaking

This is a paper that simply sets out the acute differences between apostolic tongues and the false tongues of the modern Charismatic Movement. It does this by using a clear tabular analysis. I trust this will be of use.

11 May 2016: Fully Pleasing God

The subtitle of this paper is 'Ten things to pray for in your growth in grace', and that sums up the purpose of the article. The most important matter before us today is to learn how to fully please God and maintain a good testimony. Sadly that is greatly misunderstood in many places and bad teaching leads many churches into apostasy where God is not pleased at all. I trust that this exposition of Paul's desire for disciples will lead you into truth that will release you into a better testimony.

24 April 2016: The wound that was healed

This is an explanation of a much debated text in Rev 13. I show what this really is and apply the verse to what is going on around us today. There is also exposition of parallel passages in Rev 17 and 20. This passage is not difficult to understand, but it needs wisdom. Sadly, little of that is often applied in the speculations of commentators. We must not limit God's word to our convenient literal interpretations.

12 April 2016: The Mark of the Beast

I have been asked about this subject a few times recently and thought that a paper on it may be of use to people. So much junk has been written about this that it is time for a breath of sanity.

7 April 2016: Forgotten Blessings

This is a paper highlighting a number of matters that we should give God thanks for and which are often ignored or forgotten. We ought to be the most advanced saints in history; sadly we are far from that.

29 March 2016: Exiting the EU Summary

It occurred to me that busy people cannot easily find the time to read a 50 page document. Therefore, I have summarised the points made in the previous paper in this concise version a quarter of the size. I think it still adequately covers most areas.

16 March 2016: Exiting the European Union

This is a paper that gives you much neglected history showing that the long term purpose of the EU founders was, and still is, a federal superstate, a United States of Europe (their term). There are various other sections giving you details on related matters of importance, including a portion on the basis of UK sovereignty in the Constitution. You need to know this information in order to be able to vote with integrity and in an informed manner. Others will try to scare you with prognostications about the future, mostly lies. This paper gives you historical facts about what has already happened. You should judge on the basis of facts, not scaremongering.

8 March 2016: Simple eschatology

A paper that does what it says. It gives a simple explanation of Biblical eschatology and a summary of the various views. I trust it will be helpful.

3 March 2016: Tradition

This is a paper on the need to discriminate between Biblical tradition, which is to be obeyed, and the tradition of men, which is to be rejected. Though this is a simple matter, very many in the church today make serious mistakes about this.

24 February 2016: Occasional Thoughts 6

Zika – Freaka. Frankenstein-trees. ‘Alimentary, my dear Watson’. Drums of war.

16 February 2016: The Charismatic Movement is a Failure

This is a long paper fully documenting the utter failure of the Charismatic Movement, especially in the UK. The effects of this failure are dramatic, extensive and shattering. God's people need to be cognisant of these things. Charismatic leaders need to hang their head in shame. I trust this will be a useful resource as a summary of Charismatic errors with specific examples.

5 February 2016: Lonnie Frisbee

This is the best in-depth biography I can come up with for this obscure and deliberately hidden character. Few have even heard of him and yet he was the most important catalyst in the foundations of both Calvary Chapel and The Vineyard churches, two of the biggest Charismatic denominations in the world, and the two that spawned Christian rock music and modern Charismatic worship, as well as the Signs and Wonders movement. He was a tragic personality and his input into the modern Charismatic church scene needs to be understood. May this be of use.

31 January 2016: Occasional Thoughts 5

Virtue versus Truth. Pursuing God’s will. Predatory tactics. Weapons – common sense. Making evil good. Economic collapse.

25 January 2016: Rejoicing and anxiety

Superficial study can lead to all sorts of errors and extreme behaviour is often the result of taking a verse out of context or without understanding the analogy of Scripture (the sum of Biblical teaching). This is a particular case in point. Perfectionists tell us that we must always be rejoicing at every moment, but this is clearly Biblically wrong as well as being impossible on this earth. They also tell us that anxiety is a sin; yet Paul affirmed that he was sometimes anxious for good reasons. Similarly, some state that we must never be angry or complain; yet God does both these things. What the Bible teaches is righteousness; we must do what is right and good; we do what is appropriate and godly. That may include weeping (as Jesus wept) as well as rejoicing. This paper investigates this matter fully.

16 January 2016: The gradual destruction of the NHS

Although not directly applicable to my overseas friends, this paper still has many important and relevant points. For British people, this paper describes how the current government is committed to a vicious plan to destroy the NHS. This plan involves lies, intrigue, fraud as well as public statements. You need to understand this in order to be a responsible citizen. Already many thousands of people have no GP and both London and Birmingham surgeries are taking no new patients. Both areas are affecting my own family negatively. Soon this will affect many more people as GPs are leaving the job thoroughly fed up with the stress and extra unpaid work. In time UK healthcare will be back to Dickensian standards. Already some areas are being denied necessary operations, treatment or equipment. What is worse is that the politicians organising this degeneration are profiting from being on the boards of the private companies taking NHS work. You need to see the data supplied here. The facts speak for themselves. It is an act of great wickedness.

11 January 2016: The Fulness of Christ

This is an extremely important subject that is not given sufficient attention today. Indeed, there are multiple errors regarding this prevalent in the churches today. It is vital that we affirm all that God's word says about the nature and glory of Christ. It is the very bedrock of our salvation.

18 December 2015: Training in godliness

An important paper explaining how we work out our salvation with God willing inside us. The Spirit is responsible for our sanctification but he does not do the work for us. Surprisingly, the mystical errors of perfectionism still abound in the church today. Such mysticism is false. Faith WORKS through love.

13 December 2015: Occasional Thoughts 4

Democracy?, World War threat, Revelation vs. emotionalism, The Paris attacks, Attempted destruction of the church, Suffering versus sovereignty.

4 December 2015: Who created ISIS?

A paper that you need to read in order to understand what is actually going on in Syria. The whole war against IS is a fabrication and a means to make geopolitical changes, introduce radical domestic despotic laws and possibly usher in a world war. Cameron is complicit in this and is now spending your taxes to bomb innocent civilians, only serving to further radicalise offended Muslims and threaten the UK. The days of the elite fooling people are drawing to a close as more and more people see what is going on. Remember all the lies when (if) you next vote. Of course, the believer sees all this as part of the end time plans to bring about a satanic, global, despotic government.

22 November 2015: Occasional Thoughts 3

True saints, sensitivity to sin, worldliness, governmental madness, Cameron’s folly, Statins: a final solution.

21 November 2015: OT History of Israel

This paper, really a book, has taken a considerable amount of time and effort. It seeks to give, in simple and bullet point terms, a history of Israel up to the Bar Khoba revolt. I believe this to be a very useful tool for Bible students. Many do not know the difference between Hosea and Hoshea, Jehu and Joab, Joab and Joash or Amasa and Amasai. As well as being a potted history, with multiple tables and definitions, it also serves as an abbreviated Bible encyclopaedia. I wish I had been given something like this when I was a young Christian. May it be of use.

16 November 2015: Miracles

A biblical critique of the Charismatic apologetic for their pursuit of miracles. I show why this pursuit is actually unbiblical and why miracles generally occur. I do not know why no one has evaluated the matter in this way before (as far as I am aware). I believe it is conclusive and obvious.

9 November 2015: Occasional Thoughts 2

Philanthropy, social breakdown, ghost Christians, killer bacon, boys will be girls, the basis of politics, the UN and world government.

28 October 2015: Occasional Thoughts 1

UK paedophiles; free energy; government lies; plastic bags; Putin; chemtrails; migrants.

20 September 2015: Dreams

A paper dealing with the subject of dreams. There is a huge amount of nonsense written and taught about dreams which is all around you, particularly in Charismatic streams. This sort of speculative, old covenant stuff will do you no good at all. My approach here is to be as Biblical as possible and to give a New Covenant evaluation of the matter. I trust it will be of use.

11 September 2015: 23 September 2015 - the end? 

A simple and quick paper to address the panic and speculation causing a frenzy on the religious web and various books and articles regarding eschatological events supposed to occur in the next week or so. Panic not, it is all nonsense, as usual. There is not going to be a secret rapture this month. Read the paper to see why.

10 September 2015: The nature of man 

A very important paper explaining the tripartite nature of man (trichotomy). This is a much debated issue in Reformed circles and one which is both misunderstood and ignored by many systematics completely. Sadly, it is spoken about in perfectionist and Charismatic writings where it is much debased and confused. Ironically, the details of the subject expounded here are absolutely vital in order to understand the practical aspects of sanctification. This is one reason why holiness is rarely seen these days. Very few understand what the heart is, where it is, what the old man is, what the new man is, what the difference between soul and spirit is etc. If teachers do not understand this, how can church members? I trust that this will be a help for you all. It is the result of several decades of study and meditation and I doubt you will see such an evaluation anywhere else.

9 September 2015: The coming economic collapse

This is a severe warning about the coming economic collapse. I know this is scary but it is not scaremongering. It is a warning to prepare for it sensibly. Most Christians have little clue about this and yet it will directly affect them. Being in the tribulation means there are difficult times ahead. We must deal with this faithfully.

21 August 2015: Psalm 74: a comment on the modern church

This is a comment on the modern church apostasy as expounded in Psalm 74. Desecration of God's temple is nothing new and the principles of prayer and action are the same. We can learn from Asaph.

18 August 2015: Ghosts

A simple paper explaining what the Bible teaches about Ghosts. It needs little comment.

12 August 2015: Externalism

A paper showing how important the inner life of the believer is and how externalism rules in many churches today. Externalism produces dead works; communing with Christ leads to spiritual fruit. I trust it will be helpful.

10 August 2015: Simple indicators of a young earth

A paper that seeks to provide a large number of reasons to believe in a young earth and a young cosmos. I have tried to keep these observations as simple as possible, but have given multiple references for further research. I trust this will help Christians becoming more confident in defending the faith.

5 August 2015: God's power in the church

This is a paper that explains how God's power is centred in the church on earth in these days. It is not a flamboyant expression of power but it is a great power. Christians need to understand what this power is and where it is centred.

31 July 2015: Branches for burning

A paper that gives the correct exposition of a much debated passage of Scripture which even many good expositors have got completely wrong. It explains what the 'branches' for burning really means. This is not a terribly obscure passage, it is a very important one for the modern church.

25 July 2015: Church Apostasy: Where do I Fellowship?

This is a practical paper that examines the situation that most of us face today, what do we do in the light of church apostasy? The normal advice given by leaders is far too shallow and fails to take into account God's prior will. Your holiness is God's prime concern and that must undergird your decisions.

19 July 2015: Why use the term 'G-d'?

Yet another novelty in the apostasy-ridden churches, using the term 'G-d' for God; supposedly out of respect. In fact it is due to adopting the superstitious attitudes of the Pharisees to word magic as taught by Talmudic rabbis. It is not reverential, it is a demonic deception. Oh that God's people would wake up and focus on his Word instead of the fables of men.

15 July 2015: Feminism

The best deceptions have a morsel of truth and, like scorpions, their biggest threat is at first hidden from victims. This describes feminism. While early achievements, such as equal pay for equal work, were righteous, the movement soon revealed its true colours - which represent an attack on God himself and a perversion of his law. Many sincere women have been led into appalling error, sin and wickedness by this movement, including being exposed to paganism and witchcraft. Despite this little is being said by church leaders, in the UK at least. You need to read this paper and be educated what feminism is really all about. It is pernicious.

7 July 2015: The name of, 'Jesus'

Have you been told that you must call Jesus by the name of Yeshua or even Yashua? Have you been confused as to what to think? Has the English church been wrong on this for 2,000 years? This is a pretty detailed paper explaining what you need to know and what the lies are, and even where they came from. Do not be confused, God is satisfied with you calling his Son, 'Jesus'.

3 July 2015: Exposing false workers

This is an encyclopaedia of ways to identify false teachers in the church, of which there are many. Normally two or three characteristics will be sufficient to get a good idea, but this paper gives you the A to Z lowdown on how to spot dangerous elements in the churches. Never has this information been more necessary than today.

23 June 2015: The True Position of Jews

Huge numbers of churchgoers have been deceived about the subject of Jews and Judaism, and this has only occurred during the awful apostasy and deception that has developed in the last 150 years, an unprecedented falling away. This paper is a detailed exposition of what the Bible expressly teaches about Jews from cover to cover; indeed, most of the salient points rest chiefly on numerous Biblical quotes. I also explain modern Judaism and what it entails. This is important and sobering reading. It is necessary for you to keep yourself in the word of God on this issue.

11 June 2015: The vital importance of God’s word

This is a paper demonstrating the absolute vital importance of God's word and the huge privilege it is for man, alone in creation, to have possession of it. This gives us insight into God's mind and heart, allowing us to understand who God is, as well as what he desires of us. This being so, God's word is at the heart of all Satan's attacks on the church. I show a number of features of these attacks today. By being warned about these we can avoid losing focus on God's word to us.

5 June 2015: Pacifism?

This is often ignored in systematics and it is rarely expounded in any depth. More unusual is that most evangelical scholars have opted to deny absolute pacifism and accept violence in certain circumstances. I show that this is a big mistake.

1 June 2015: Current background theology

A synopsis of the theological systems behind current UK church streams.

20 May 2015: A New Epitome of Church History

This paper has involved hundreds of hours of work and strives to be a thorough introduction to church history. The first edition was sent out to those on my e-mail address list in 2013. This edition has dozens of new pages and some updates. I believe this to be a thorough resource, in a concise fashion, of all you need to know. There is even a section on philosophy. Some sections form thorough summaries of major events in their own right, such as the Westminster Assembly or the development of the English Bible. I trust it will be of use.

16 May 2015: A Powerful Testimony

There are many preachers who claim to offer you success in five easy steps or some such nonsense.  There is no easy and simple way to spiritual success because it is all about character, and that comes through experience (often suffering) based on knowledge. This paper seeks to lay out essential Biblical matters that form the basis of a powerful testimony learned by hard experience. May it be of use.

12 May 2015: The Satanic Purpose

Believers urgently need to understand the eternal plan of God or they will fail to really understand theology and their part in God's purpose. Having done that, believers also need to understand what the plan of Satan is or they will fail to understand his devices against them and will end up serving him rather than God. Many Christians today actually serve the devil rather than God without even knowing it.This paper explains this and gives some examples. May it make you wise unto salvation.

11 May 2015: Thoughts on the UK 2015 election

These are my thoughts on the election. For those not interested in the UK election, there are some pertinent Biblical thoughts about involvement in politics in the conclusion.

29 April 2015: Life in the resurrection

This is a subject that is rarely discussed but one that forms the background to our hope. We should consider this. An exposition of what life is like in the new world. I trust it will be an encouragement.

23 April 2015: The UK Election 2015: Things to consider

With apologies to oversees subscribers, this paper simply lays out some important facts to consider regarding the upcoming UK election. I do not tell anyone how to vote but just give vital facts that you need to be aware of regarding two or three issues.

17 April 2015: A plea to professing Christians

A paper showing that mere assent is not faith and that what is needed is a real meeting with God that results in divine grace to believe and repent. I fear that many church goers do not truly know God having only an intellectual acceptance of Christianity or an emotional response to church going. My hope is that such folk would read this and go on to seek God Biblically.

10 April 2015: An apologetic for Christianity in Britain

An apologetic for the historic subset of Christianity in Britain from the very earliest times. The current war against Christianity by politicians and the elite is really an attack on Britain itself.

26 March 2015: Loving God

A paper on a deep theological matter that is very practical. Loving God in Scripture is straightforward and down to earth. Yet many today elevate it to some mystical, metaphysical nonsense that is really just emotionalism. In a nutshell, lovers of God are those who obey his commandments. This paper shows you how.

16 March 2015: A Response to David Engelsma

A paper written to defend a wrongly criticised friend. The argument may give the reader helpful understanding about the matter (and debate) of law and grace.

13 March 2015: Being Necessarily Negative

A paper that is self explanatory. However, some people just do not grasp this at all. This issue must be grasped and acted upon or we ruin our testimony.

27 February 2015: Theodicy: A response to Stephen Fry

A paper dealing with the popular YouTube video of Stephen Fry denouncing God on the basis of human suffering.

23 February 2015: The depths of deception (For a PDF version of this paper, click here)

This is hugely important, eye-opening and quite shocking. It shows the levels of deceitful control at all levels of society by the controlling elite. This is especially true in religion and politics.

 

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