SHEPHERD’S ROD VOLUME 2 TIMELY GREETINGS NO. 26
SHINTOISM AND NON-
TEXT FOR PRAYER
"Bring Forth Fruit"
I shall read from "Christ's Object Lessons," pg. 60, the first two paragraphs:
"God bids us fill the mind with great thoughts, pure thoughts. He desires us to meditate upon His love and mercy, to study His wonderful work in the great plan of redemption. Then clearer and still clearer will be our perception of truth, higher, holier, our desire for purity of heart and clearness of thought. The soul dwelling in the pure atmosphere of holy thought will be transformed by communion with God through the study of the Scriptures.
"'And bring forth fruit.' Those who, having heard the word, keep it, will bring forth fruit in obedience. The word of God, received into the soul, will be manifest in good works. Its results will be seen in a Christlike character and life. Christ said of Himself, 'I delight to do Thy will, O My God; yea, Thy law is within My heart.' 'I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me.' And the Scripture says, 'He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.'"
What shall we now pray for? -
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SHINTOISM AND NON-
TEXT OF ADDRESS BY V.T. HOUTEFF,
MINISTER OF DAVIDIAN 7TH-
SABBATH, FEBRUARY 7, 1948
MT. CARMEL CHAPEL
Our text for this afternoon's study is found in-
Jer. 10:23 -
In this verse we are told that the way man should go is not in himself, that he of himself does not know how to direct his steps. Someone else must direct them if he is to go in the right direction. For this very reason God's people are led by a prophet and are preserved by a prophet. (Hos. 12:13.) So it was that through the medium of the prophets God led and preserved the Church of the Old Testament, and by the same Spirit He founded, led, and has to this day preserved the New Testament Church, although the spirit that rebelled against God's leadership anciently, is still in the Church today.
Naturally men are unconscious of the fact that they cannot direct their own steps even after God starts them out as a father starts out his little son. We should never forget that when God's ancient people rejected the prophets, including John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, and the Apostles, when He could no longer lead them, their feet slipped in every direction,
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they fell from grace and lost everything. Only the followers of the prophets remained with God and they only composed the Christian church in its beginning. No other than God did direct their steps into the Church.
Let us take another example: The world at large today, with but a few exceptions,
is Buddhist, Mohammedan, or Christian. Two-
And who was Buddha? What kind of a man was he -
To find the answer, let us first take into consideration the kind of people he
was in contact with. He was not in touch with the Hebrews, nor with the Christians,
but only with degraded people of the Orient. And those who did not come in contact
with Buddha's teachings, -
Taking these facts into consideration before passing judgment we may ask, What
did Buddha deceive his followers from? -
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Since Buddha's kind of teaching certainly does not come from the Devil, and since
he led his followers from bad to better, he could not have been a deceiver. Buddha,
moreover, not only taught good morals, but, if history is reliable, he himself lived
up to what he taught. Finally, in keeping with his great influence he could have
been a rich man, but he died poor. And if standards of living have any virtues
at all, Buddha's standards, if lived up to, could have lifted the people of the Orient
higher than the level of many so-
Buddha therefore appears to have been a preacher of righteousness in his day, for his standard of behaviour was practically the standard of the ten commandments, the standards of the Bible. Where did he get such a standard? Certainly not from the Devil. We may now ask the question, Was God in Buddha's day interested only in the Hebrew nation? Did He entirely neglect the rest of the world? And did He deliberately permit a third of the earth's inhabitants to be led by Buddha from bad to worse? or did He see that they be led from bad to better?
There is but one answer that we can honestly and wisely give: That God through Buddha did for the heathen that which could not have been done through Moses or through any of the Hebrew prophets.
Comparatively speaking, God through Buddha raised the heathen from the pit in which they were as many inches up, as Moses raised the Hebrew's from the pit in which they were. The Hebrews, of course, rose much closer to God than the followers of Buddha because the pit in which Buddha found the heathen was much deeper than the pit in which Moses found the Hebrew nation.
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Buddha himself never thought that after his death he would be worshipped as a
god by his followers -
You can now see that while Buddha was directing the steps of his people, the people were led closer to the standards of the Bible and to the ideals of Christ than they were before his day. Since this is so, then Buddha was not a deceiver.
As soon as Buddha died, though, his followers ran against a wall as it were, and
their progress toward God, the Bible, and Christ, stopped where Buddha stopped. Indeed
they could not have advanced further for they made the death of Buddha become their
block against progress toward God. How did they do it?-
It is a known fact that when people give credit of a Divine deed to a finite being, then their hope of another as great, or greater ever coming to help them is forever gone. They do not believe that God lives, that he will raise another even greater to lead them further, but believe that there is no need of another and no need for more Truth. Consequently as they do not expect another, when one comes they reject him. Thus the Buddhists put a stop to their spiritual progress. So you see that when the light that is in you becomes darkness, "How great is that darkness!" Matt. 6:23.
Judging from the experiences of the past, the freedom of a nation and the assassin's
bullet this year are likely to bring forth another god -
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credit for all his good and Godly deeds.
He, like Buddha, certainly was a good man, with high standards and good morals, the standards and morals of the Bible and of Jesus Christ.
This brings us to another hard question to answer -
As he saw it, it looked to him that a so-
Gandhi's theory, moreover, for freedom by non-
Let us now for a moment consider Mohammed, to whom something like 220,000,000
people bow. What kind of man was he? Was he a deceiver? or was he a teacher of
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the people who were taught by him. They were the descendants of Lot and Abraham,
Since Mohammed led millions of Arabs closer to the Hebrew-
"Mohammedanism, the name commonly given in Christian countries to the creed established
by Mohammed. His followers call their creed Islam (entire submission to the decrees
of God), and their common formula of faith is, 'There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed
is his prophet.' The dogmatic or theoretical part of Mohammedanism embraces the
following points: -
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is the greatest of them all, the last of the prophets and the most excellent of the
creatures of God. 6. Belief in a general resurrection and final judgment, and in
future rewards and punishments, chiefly of a physical nature. 7. The belief, even
to the extent of fatalism, of God's absolute fore-
In view of the fact that Mohammed led his people closer to the religion of the Bible than they had been before, could he truly be called a deceiver? If so, tell me what did he deceive them from?
Since Mohammed was so near to believing the Christian religion, we may ask, Why
did he not become a Christian? -
Mohammed lived in the seventh century of the Christian era, in the midst of the Dark Ages of religion, when the Christian church was deepest in idol worship, graft and immorality, practices that are prohibited by the Scriptures. If nothing else could have kept him from joining the Christian church, then idol worship along with the prevalent use of swine's flesh, practice that is against all Bible religion, was enough to turn Mohammed from Christianity.
Mohammed, I believe, did the very best he could, considering that in his time
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Are we still inquiring why God permitted Mohammed to teach his religion to millions
of the earth's inhabitants? And do we still wonder why he did not become a Christian?
So to ask why Mohammedans and Buddhists are still Mohammedans and Buddhists -
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The Jews never rose higher than the height to which Moses led them. When Moses died, they as it were died with him so far as spiritual progress was concerned. Thus it was that they rejected and killed the prophets that came after Moses, not sparing the Son of God.
The same spirit prevailed in the Christian church. She never rose above the level
on which the Apostles left her, and for a time she even fell almost to the bottom
of the pit. And she would have dropped out had God not again visited His people
in the persons of Luther, Knox, Wesley, Campbell and the other reformers, through
whom the Lord brought to light certain parts of Bible Truth that had long been trampled
under foot. But did the Christian world as a whole see the Light? And did all walk
in It? No, indeed not, not as a people, but only as individuals. This is what accounts
for the present multi-
In this light, you see the spirit which keeps the Jews still Jews, the Buddhists still Buddhists, the Mohammedans still Mohammedans, the Catholics still Catholics, the Lutherans still Lutherans, the
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Methodists still Methodists, the Baptists still Baptists -
There is therefore yet a great work to be done, not only for all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples, but for the Church herself, if any are to be saved from the coming doom. According to Jeremiah's prophecy, corrupt Christianity is nothing short of a form of Shintoism:
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do evil, neither also is it in them to do good."
The widely used Christmas tree, on the 25th of December -
Finally, had it not been for the fact that some wide-
There is no doubt, the Church from creation till today has been led and preserved by the prophets, and she can continue in no other way from here on.
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