Vol. 32, No. 10 October, 2008
ATTENTION, FLORIDA VOTERS.
Amendment 2, the MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT will be on the November 4 voting ballot. I urge all of our Florida Pastors, readers, and friends of this Ministry to rally behind this Amendment. Let everyone be aware of the importance of this amendment. Notify and encourage as many as you can to vote for (YES) on this amendment. The courts of the land have done this nation no favors in upholding “same sex marriages.” This amendment must pass by at least a 60% majority vote. Every vote is important. The passage of this amendment will send a strong statement to this nation. As we, here at the WILDERNESS have stood in the past, so stand we today. We are for the RIGHT TO LIFE, and for the SANCTITY and DIGNITY of MARRIAGE and the HOME as ordained by God. VOTE YES, ON AMENDMENT 2, on November 4.
At this time, I see no other choice than to support John McCain and Sarah Palin as our next President, and Vice President. Thanks, Pastor Mills
LET US REASON TOGETHER
By Dr. George Mills
“Come now and let us reason together saith The LORD. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isa. 1:18-20).
Wise men have stated, “If we do not learn from the past, we are destined to repeat it.” And, “I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.” (Patrick Henry).
Please take a few minutes and carefully read the entire first chapter of the Book of Isaiah. The indictments against the Land of Judah very well describe the condition of our nation today. Today, let me share with you some things that so amazingly parallel our time in history.
1. THE CONDITION OF A GREAT
2. THE CALL OF A GREAT LOVE
3. THE CERTAINTY OF A GREAT
1. THE CONDITION OF A GREAT
The message of Isaiah is primarily to the southern kingdom of Judah. The condition of this once GREAT LAND had deteriorated. The northern kingdom of Israel had suffered greatly. The Assyrians had invaded the land. We see that in v7-8, “Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire, your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers.” Isaiah is saying that what has happened in the northern kingdom will happen in the southern kingdom if the nation does not heed the warnings of God as spoken by the Prophet(s). He reminds the people that God is always ready to REASON WITH THE NATION.
FIRST, He brings the witnesses to testify against the nation.
“Hear O Heavens.” (v2) Probably refers to the Angelic hosts that have witnessed God’s working with the nation.
“And give ear O earth.” Seems to refer to the various acts of God that witness to His judgment upon those who forget God. The condition of the northern kingdom would be a witness to these truths. “Your cities are burned with fire.”
A. THE MORAL CONDITION. A nation cannot rise higher than its morals. The indictments against Judah are many…
“The Ox knows his owner and the Ass, his master’s crib,” (v3). “Crib” meaning the corn crib, or feeding trough. The nation had sunk below the level of animals. The animals were smarter than the human population, they recognized their owner. They should have known that everything they had came from God. He had showered the nation with His blessings.
“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers,” Sinful nation, meaning “missing the mark, or falling short.” They most certainly fell short of the plan of God for the nation. (v4). Laden with iniquity pictures the pulling of a cart with a heavy load. Sin is a heavy load, a heavy burden to bear. We recall the cry of the Saviour as He said, “Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy LADEN and I will give you rest.”
“Children that are corrupters,” (v4). Meaning “to cause to putrefy that which was wholesome and pure.” “Tainted,” “Putrid.” I am reminded of the purity of the Word of God, and how it had been abused, and misused in that day. Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand that He was not “As many, which CORRUPT the Word of God.” (2Cor 2:17). My, how His Word has been CORRUPTED today. It has become lost to a new generation.
“They have forsaken the LORD.” (v4)
They have joined forces with the enemy. “They are gone away backward.”
The condition of the land in that day so long ago reflects the condition of our own homeland today.
Here are some facts from my files that are dated several years ago…
“We can’t have morale without morality. Rome lost her soul in a saturnalia of ‘wine, women and song,’ America is doing the same. In America, over 15,000,000 sex magazines are sold each month. There are 100,000 lured into prostitution each year. Heroin addiction and other drug abuse cost the nation from 10 to 20 Billion annually and are linked to over 15,000 deaths each year. One hundred students and staff are murdered each year in U.S. Public Schools. 70,000 teachers are injured from attacks by students. Chicago spends over $3 million annually to repair damage by vandals. Washington D.C. spends over $625,000 to replace broken windows. Nationwide, school boards spend as much money on repairs as on text books. A survey of New York City High School Juniors and seniors indicates that 75% of the students drink alcohol. Ten percent are potential, or confirmed alcoholics. Another survey reported that one quarter of U.S. High school students get drunk at least once a month. One driver out of every four coming at you between 10 PM and 3 AM has been drinking. One in eight has been drinking enough to impair driving ability.
At the time of this survey, only 40% church members attended church in a typical week.” The latest poll indicates that only 17% attend church. When will we learn the lesson that “Whatsoever a man (or nation) soweth, that shall he also reap.”
History teaches many things, even the future.
As I stated, these facts are a few years old. No doubt, many of these numbers have drastically grown.
In v9, the Prophet compared the land to Sodom and Gomorrah. Had they really sank that low? Oh yes, They had become “A seed of evil doers.” Unchecked, unconfessed sin becomes an accepted lifestyle. May our homeland take warning from the “Mouth of the LORD.” (v20).
B. THE SPIRITUAL CONDITION. “They have forsaken the LORD. They have gone away backward.” (v4) Israel and Judah had turned from the Living God to trusting in idols. Religion? Oh yes, they had religion, but no heart. God said, “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? Saith the LORD. I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts, and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, and of lambs, or of he goats. When you come to appear before Me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring me no more vain oblations, incense is an abomination unto me, the new moons and Sabbaths and the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with, it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and appointed feasts, my soul hateth, they are a trouble unto me, I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you, yea, when ye make your prayers I will not hear you, your hands are full of blood.” (v11-15). Religion without heart is just that; RELIGION.
When they opened their hands to God, their hands were full of innocent blood.
History has a strange way of repeating itself. Today, there is much “RELIGION” but I am afraid that we, believers, all stand before God with bloody hands, when we fail to warn the wicked, of their wicked ways. (Eze 33:8).
C. THE POLITICAL CONDITION. No longer the powerful nation. V5-8 Picture the northern kingdom of Israel as the victim of a brutal invasion. Their wounds had not been closed, or cleansed, or mollified with ointment. Internally, and externally, the nation was in great distress. The Whole Head is sick. (externally) The Whole Heart is faint. They had no heart. The heart of the people had just melted away.
2. THE CALL OF A GREAT LOVE.
God had shed His Great Love upon this nation. Time and time again, He restored them, and still they would backslide. The people had promised their love and devotion to God, but in their ingratitude, they turned to idols.
Hear the cry of the prophet in v10, “Give ear unto the LAW of our God.”
“Come now, and let us reason together saith the LORD. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (v18).
The colors Scarlet and Crimson speak of two differing kinds of sin.
Scarlet is symbolic of riches, (Rev 17:3-4, ch.18:12, 16) There is nothing wrong with riches. But many times riches are made by fraud, and cheating. I am quite sure that in the land in that day, the rich got richer, and the poor got poorer.
Crimson is the color of blood. And of course, the land was filled with blood.
All of this sounds so much like today’s headlines.
Crimson and Scarlet are colorfast. They cannot be re-dyed. But the Grace of God was able to cleanse them and restore them to whiteness, no matter how bad their sin might have been.
And you, my dear reader, it matters not what your life might have been. There is hope. The same Merciful God invites you to just Reason with Him. He is able, and He will forgive and make you whole, if you will just trust Him.
3. THE CERTAINTY OF A GREAT
“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. BUT if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the Sword. For the Mouth of the LORD hath spoken it,” (v19-20).
(A) God would favor them in material blessings, and prosperity.
(B) God would favor them in deliverance from invading forces.
But they did refuse, and they did rebel.
This GREAT LOSS was fulfilled in two installments…
1. By the Assyrian invasion in 701 BC.
2. By the Chaldean invasion in 586 BC.
They were devoured by the sword. Just like God said.
God could not just stand by and do nothing. “THE MOUTH OF THE LORD HATH SPOKEN.” He cannot falter on His Word. What He has said will surely come to pass.
Our Great Nation needs help. We need to “Call upon Him while He is near.” There MUST be a Spiritual awakening in this land. Let’s begin with “ME” Search MY heart, forgive MY sin, have Mercy upon ME. If that simple prayer would just catch on to the next, and the next, I believe that the ear of God is always listening for the cry of the repentant heart. And, today, if you are not saved, God is there, where you are. Tell Him that you receive the Gift of His Love, the dear Lord Jesus Christ. “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name. Call upon Him today. Begin TODAY to LIVE forever!
“BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US.”
It is indeed a blessing to share this Ministry God has given us with so many out there. We love, and appreciate this great opportunity. We need the prayers of friends out there. Some of you we will never meet until the Dawning of that Great day. So, meanwhile, PRAY FOR US…
1. YUKON BAPTIST CHURCH. This is a loving, caring, giving Church. We love to share the Word with everyone we can.
2. WILDERNESS MINISTRIES, Which include…
(A) WILDERNESS Monthly Publication. This Publication was born in 1976. My, how God has blessed. This Publication has been offered free since the first edition.
(B) WILDERNESS Bible Tracts. We have never kept up with the number of Tracts we have printed. Folks at home and in foreign lands have used WILDERNESS Tracts to help spread the Gospel. We have offered our Tracts free to all who would prayerfully use them.
(C) WILDERNESS Booklets, helps, to get the new believer get started right.
(D) WILDERNESS Internet Ministry. We began posting the WILDERNESS on the Internet in 2001. Due to some “glitch” we lost several years of posting, however, if you visit our website home page and click on “PUBLICATION ARCHIVES” you will find several years of messages on various subjects.
(E) WILDERNESS Broadcast Ministry. Pray for this outreach. The Church In The Wildwood Broadcast began in 1966,
which has been Mostly Missionary radio.
(F) WILDERNESS Prison Ministry. It is a privilege to send our monthly Publication, in bulk to many Prisons, jails, and other institutions. We try to assist inmates with Gospel helps, etc.
(G) WILDERNESS Bibles for Africa. Due to the gifts of faithful friends of this Ministry, weekly, we are able to send Bibles and Gospel literature to Western Africa.
“BRETHREN, PRAY FOR US” Pray God’s blessings upon these, and for new doors of opportunity to open for us.
IS ABORTION MURDER?
A Mother stepped into the Doctor’s office carrying a bright and beautiful baby, a year old. Seating herself near her family Physician, she said, “Doctor, I want you to help me out of trouble. My baby is only one year old, and I have conceived again and I do not want to have children so close together.” “What do you want me to do?” asked the Physician. “Oh, anything to get rid of it for me,” she replied.
After thinking seriously for a moment the Doctor said, I think I can suggest a better method of helping you out. If you object to having two children so near together, the best way would be to kill the one on your lap and let the other one come on. It is easy to get at the one on your lap, and it makes no difference to me which one I kill for you. Besides, it might be dangerous for you if I undertook to kill the younger one.”
As the Doctor finished speaking, he reached for a knife, and continued by asking the Mother to lay the baby out on her lap and turn her head the other way. The woman almost fainted away as she jumped from her chair and uttered one word; “MURDERER!”
A few words of explanation from the Doctor soon convinced the Mother that his offer to commit murder was no worse than her request for the destruction of the unborn child. In either case it would be murder. The only difference would be in the age of the victim.
…the WILDERNESS, February, 1977.
WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS….Answers to questions
Question: “In Exodus 20:13, the bible
Says, “Thou shalt not kill.”
In Ecclesiastes 3:3 the Bible says there
is “A time to kill.”
There seems to be a conflict. Can you explain…?
Answer. Exodus 20:13 deals with premeditated murder. “Thou shalt not kill.” The same Law of God made provision for accidental killing, for self defense, etc. Cities of refuge were in convenient locations for one to find help from an avenger. Numbers 35:6.
A TIME TO KILL would include, for instance, killing the invading enemy in a time of war, or in self defense.
A TIME TO HEAL. When the battle is over, the time for the healing of the wounds of war.
Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes is very interesting. It is very simple and does not need very much interpretation.
Just to mention a few things…
1. God has set BALANCES in our lives, and in earthly cycles.
A time to be born.
A time to die. No comment necessary.
A time to plant. No planting, no harvest.
A time to pluck up. Time to reap the harvest, or there will be no food for winter.
A time to break down.
A time to build up. Commonplace mending and repairs.
A time to weep. Some things cause us to shed tears.
A time to laugh. The time for laughing is not while one is weeping. That would only add to their hurt.
A time to cast away stones. Perhaps to remove stones from a field for plowing.
A time to gather stones. Perhaps to build a stone foundation, or wall.
A time to rend. To tear a garment as a sign of bereavement.
A time to sew. To mend the garment when the grief has ended.
A time of silence. At a time of deep emotions, or anger, silence is needed.
A time to speak. When the emotions are in check.
This chapter is just filled with common sense.
2. “He hath made everything beautiful in his time; also He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (v11). Everything at the right season and time is beautiful. No one can explain all the ways God works. We know only in part.
3. “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”(v13). Man is to accept and enjoy the things of life that he has.
4. Solomon sums the teaching of his book in Ch 12:13-14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God, and keep His Commandments, for this is the whole DUTY of man. For God will bring every work into judgment with every secret thing whether it be good or whether it be evil.”
GOD HAS AN IMAGE IN MIND
By Pastor George Mills
“…to be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Ro. 8:29).
I love art. I love to paint, that is, to paint landscapes, trees, mountains, etc. I am not very good at it, but occasionally, when I can find time, I will paint something. Recently, I painted a scene, and perhaps it was the worst painting that I have ever seen. It was NOTHING! It is colorless, or at best, it was all green. It had no balance to it, and nothing about it catches the eye. I plan to put it in the trash can.
Now, the reason why my painting turned out so bad is simply because I did not have an image, or a pattern to go by. I just started painting. “Now, let me see, a tree here, a bush there, but no, a rock would be better there, no, another tree, and no, that doesn’t look right, then another bush, and no, that’s not right, and so on. It turned out awful, and the reason is simple; I DID NOT HAVE AN IMAGE OR PATTERN TO GO BY.
And so it is with so many lives today. There is no image or pattern and things are just turning out awful. That’s the way my life was before I met Christ. God began a wonderful work in me. But as the little song says; “He’s Still Working On Me.” Sometimes I do not understand the way, or the why He does. Sometimes it seems to me like He should do this, or that, or do it in another way. Perhaps a little color here, or some brightness here, or less shadows, but He knows. He’s the Artist. He has an image in mind. So He works, He moves, He rearranges things, that we, as Christians may be “Conformed to the image of His Son.”
AND THE WORLD IS A WILDERNESS…It is no friend to the Christian. The world, the flesh, rob us of joy and peace. God moves in wondrous ways to show us our REAL FRIEND, and to make us more like Him.
THINK ABOUT IT…Since God knows what He is doing in my life, (your life), It seems to make more sense for me to YIELD my life completely to Him. I wonder how much my stubborn will has cost me in knocks, bumps, and bruises. Oh well, we grow old so soon, and smart so late!
SOME THINGS GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW…
By Pastor George Mills
God wants you to know,
That your sins are forgiven.
God wants you to know,
You’ll be with Him in Heaven.
God wants you to know,
From His Blessed Old Book,
To Calvary you’ve been,
By a simple look.
God wants you to know,
That in Heaven, so Fair,
In the Lamb’s Book of Life,
Your name’s written there.
God wants you to know,
That while ages shall roll,
In His Great Arms of Love,
He will keep every soul.
May I ask you, what will you do with our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ? He who took your sin in Himself, paid your debt of sin, and can justify you and make you as though you had never sinned in the first place, and can give you a new start in life. What will you do with Him?
FIRST, Receive Him today. He is there, wherever you are, in the Person of the Holy Spirit. He will hear the cry of your repentant heart. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.”
SECOND, Determine in your heart to live for Him. I made that decision many years ago. I have never regretted a moment living for Jesus Christ. I sure have regretted those years when I did not know Him. Give Him your time, your talents.
SHARE HIM with the world about you. Most do not know Him. Oh yes, they may know ABOUT HIM, but do not know Him personally.
Begin TODAY, to Live FOREVER!