Watchman Willie Martin Archive

In The Furnace

In the October issue of The Legal Alert from the Christian Law Association lists 9 cases of Christians being opposed or restricted in one way or another in the practice of their faith. This report is only the tip of the iceberg compared to the vast pressure to silence the Biblical truth coming from the Christian Identity Message coming forth from Shortwave radio and some Newsletters. The Supreme Court, with its two jewish judges and another one or two wannabejews, has attempted to eradicate any evidence of the Christian faith from every public venue. New World Order advocates could outlaw the preaching of the Gospel in its purity. Anyone who dares speak out as Yahshua did, against sin or false religious traditions is accused of bigotry, fanaticism or anti-Semantic.

One of the largest temptations for a Christian today is to escape criticism or persecution by not appearing different from the world. One may be tempted to agree with the media hat homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle, rather than be labeled “bigot” or “homophobic.” In the workplace we might come under pressure to hide our faith and go along with practices that are dishonest.

Many of the Judeo-Christian churches in their eagerness to bring the lost into their fold have accommodated themselves to a pattern that is acceptable to the general unbelieving public. Church growth is attained through surveys and worldly marketing techniques. The heroes and heroines held up for today’s youth are professional athletes and “rock” or “Hollywood” stars, who are paraded before the Judeo-Christian church as if to say, “This is your ideal. This is the kind of person Christ wants you to be.” Or they will parade a burned out Whore as if to say “You can live like you want to, and then when you are burned out and can no longer attract the attention of others, come to the church and we will show you how to be saved.” This is to attract youth through entertainment rather than to offer them a challenge to follow Yahshua in truth.

The Judeo-Christian churches try to accommodate themselves to the current fads in the world. They discard the hymns that are both musical and edifying and replace them with “praise choruses” or some sort of “jungle bunny music” and bounce all around the stage or pulpit like some mindless nigger witch doctor. 50 years ago we used these kinds of choruses at youth camp because they were simple, easy to learn, and didn’t require a hymnal. But when the children returned to their home church they readily joined the rest of the people in singing hymns with meaning that require some thought. Singing about the saving power of the Blood of Yahshua, other songs about the Blood and Christ. Some think it was a serious mistake for the Judeo-Christian church leaders to fashion the program after the ideas of untrained youth. But if one will study it very carefully they will see that it is the influence of the Jews over the actions of the church and its false leaders.

Christ did not cave in to the immature concepts of youth in order to appeal to them. To the rich young ruler of Mark 10 He gave the stern command: Sell your goods and give to the poor. The message to that young man was that if he wanted to follow Christ he had to be willing to give up all of his worldly goods, concepts, his ambition to be rich, and become totally dependent upon Christ. The thing he loved most he would have to give up in order to follow Christ.

He failed the test; and Christ refused to alter His protocol to make it easier to believe and obey. The “easy believism” that is so popular today doesn’t resemble the Gospel of the Kingdom Christ preached. It is tragic when many take the wordily ambitions of the flesh, give them religious titles and peddle them as God-given “ministries,” when they are nothing but Judeo-Christian churches, which teach more judaism than Christianity, by pastors who are more jewish than Christian.

In the early days of the church the fierce opposition from the jews stirred believers to fervently witness to their faith, putting them in the spotlight so that there persecution gave publicity to the Gospel message. After Stephen was stoned to death for boldly proclaiming the truth, “there arose great persecutions against the church which was in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad...and they that were scattered abroad went about peaching the word.” (Acts 8:1, 4)

The more they were persecuted for the faith, the more zealously they proclaimed it, with no regard for personal liberty. When Peter and John were arrested and then released under the terms that they preach no more in the name of Jesus, their answer was, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)

They took literally the words of Christ: “Blessed are you when men shall reproach you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12)

While we in America may come under criticism and ridicule for the faith we believe and live by, we are beginning to get a little taste of the kind of persecution suffered by believers in many other countries. For instance, so far, there have not been 50 million Christian killed here in America, but if the jews have their way there will be.

Totalitarian governments are always at enmity with Christians, who, like Peter and John, must always obey God and not man. This enmity is nothing new, as it was demonstrated by the emperor Nebuchadnezzar and the jews in the Soviet Union after they took control of Russia in 1917. As a ruler of Babylon and later as the leaders of Russia and the other Eastern European nations they demanded from their subjects the worship that belongs only to God. Shadrach, Meshac and Abed-Nego were given the choice of either worshiping the false gods or being cast into the fiery furnace. Years later, king Darius signed a decree that anyone who prayed to any god other than the king should be fed to the lions. Daniel defied the decree and was cast to the lions. In the first century Christian and in Russia and Eastern Europe under the control of the Jews Christians were tortured and killed because they worshiped God and not some false god.


We should not be surprised if modern bureaucrats and people in power think of the state as god, and see Christians, whose allegiance is to Yahweh, as enemies of the state. It was in view of this fact that Christ said: “If the world hate you, know that it hated me before it hated you ...if they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you ...” (John 15:18-21)

Yahshua knew what was at stake when He called people to follow Him. He repeatedly said, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 16:25; 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24; 17:33; John 12:25)

The world is filled with strife, injustice, sin, evil, and hate. No one should expect that because he or she is a Christian they are to be shielded from pain and grief that surrounds them. Rather Christ calls His followers; “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) It is little wonder that millions would claim the benefits of His death, but never actually take up the burden and follow Him. They gladly lay their burdens on Him, but do not choose to take up His. Hence, He said, “He that does not take his cross and follow after me, is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:38)

This sounds like a fair deal; for if Yahshua bears my sins and Redeems me from the judgment of death, so that I might be free of sin and forever alive in eternity, the least we can do is take up our cross; my own commitment and responsibility as His disciple; and bear it daily, voluntarily and uncomplaining. This includes seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, telling others the truth of the Gospel at the risk of ridicule, and all the whole business of being His disciple. It means being expendable for Him, and ready to die if necessary.

Thousands of Muslims are so dedicated to their cause that they willingly sacrifice themselves in suicide bombings. Isn’t the cause of Christ far greater? It is time that we stop offering the world entertainment, fun, games, and a “health and wealth” jewish gospel, and challenge both youth and aged to take seriously the call of Yahweh to deny self, and take up a cross, and follow Him.

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