Stewart Best DEFENDS his ministry against an attack by some outfit called SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES.
“Beware the teachings of Stewart C. Best. Below is a scanned image of his Newsletter. It comes out Bi-Monthly and today we will look at the April/May 1995 issue”
“In this issue of Search the Scriptures we will be examining the teachings of Stewart Best and his “Narrow Way Straight Gate” teachings found in the issue pictured above. We intend to bring to light that Stewart Best teaches another Way, another Jesus, and another Gospel, which there is none.”
It is obvious this so-called “expert” or “experts” have never searched the Scriptures whatsoever, for his entire dissertation is so inaccurate, and so out of context, and displays such a total lack of understanding as to the deeper things of the Lord, and is so unScriptural it makes one wonder why they call themselves what they do. All one needs to do is NOT follow these types of people and SEARCH OUT the WORD OF GOD for themselves, something we have always, in our 30 years of ministry WARNED PEOPLE TO DO and not believe anything we have to say, or what anyone else has to say either. IT IS TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE REAL TRUTH OF THE WORD OF GOD, and allow the Holy Spirit to GUIDE YOU TO THE TRUTH, not outfits like “SEARCH THE WORD”. The problem with today’s Christians is that they seek honor among themselves and do not seek the honor of God, and WILL NOT DO as God commanded.
As just one example of the deception of modern day theology, concerning DIVINE LOVE, here is what this person says:
“You see Stewart Best teaches that prior to the fall of man, man was one with God, even though the Bible does not say this. He teaches that man, prior to the fall, because he was made in the image of God, was agape love. Even though the Bible doesn’t say this.”
Now I do not teach that, the BIBLE TEACHES THAT. We were created in the image of God, and that includes DIVINE LOVE, but this person would not know that because he does not know at all what transpired at the fall, and not at all what transpires in authentic rebirth which IS the restoration BACK from the fall. Divine agape within ADAM and EVE does not make them “gods” as this person claims I have said. That is a total misrepresentation, brought about by a total lack of even understanding the very fundamentals of the faith. Here is what he says:
“If that were the case we would be god’s. But this is the lie that Satan deceived Eve with in the garden. This is the strawman that Stewart builds his doctrine from in that this supposed lose of the agape love that we were, now has to be restored.”
Adam and Eve, where created in the very image of God, and it says walked in the Garden of Eden with God, communicated with God and the Bible will tell you that mankind was SEVERED from God AT THE FALL. It also tells you that mankind cannot walk with God, for the very reason IT DID LOSE DIVINE AGAPE, unless John and Christ are liars, for they said that DIVINE AGAPE DID INDEED HAVE TO BE RESTORED – the only issue between fallen mankind and God is the DIVINE LOVE ISSUE, no other.
First of all, Jesus Christ said HE AND THE FATHER WERE ONE. Secondly, He said that God was a SPIRIT, and thirdly that God was DIVINE AGAPE LOVE. In other words, GOD IS THE SPIRIT OF DIVINE AGAPE. Jesus also said He and the Father were ONE. Now then, Jesus Christ is called THE “SECOND ADAM”:
1 Cor 15:21-22
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1 Cor 15:45-47
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
If Jesus Christ is the LAST ADAM, then obviously He is also the SECOND ADAM. It is so obvious what all of this means. Adam, before the fall, walked with God and talked with God and was ONE with God, but after the fall, lost all of that and was cut off spiritually from God. Jesus Christ, the SECOND ADAM, came here as a “quickening spirit” to offer us SALVATION via REBIRTH, which is the bestowing of Divine Agape, also called “quickening”. So then, what are we to be restored back to? DIVINE AGAPE, exactly as John and Jesus Christ said!!
So is this “protector of the faith” now going to tell us Jesus Christ did not have Divine Agape Love within Him? If so, this so-called “expert” is a liar and a deceiver, for if Jesus Christ was the SECOND ADAM, does this then not teach us that the FIRST ADAM ALSO HAD DIVINE LOVE WITHIN HIM? Of course it does!! Remember that before the fall, Adam was ONE with God, but that does not make him a “god” at all – it simply means Adam’s ESSENCE was identical to God’s – that is, DIVINE LOVE.
Jesus Christ told us He came to rescue that which WAS LOST. The entire mission of Jesus Christ behind enemy lines was the RESTORATION OF FALLEN MAN BACK TO WHAT HE WAS BEFORE THE FALL. What else does anyone think all of this means? So how do we prove that? Easy:
1 John 3:1-2
Behold, what manner of love (divine agape) the Father hath bestowed upon us,that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Now then, if we be reborn we become ONE with God, but that does not makes us ‘gods” or even “little gods”. In fact, every person who is actually born again will testify that they KNOW they are not even “little gods” at all – but rather know that their flesh is worthless, evil, and of no value whatsoever, as Paul says he carries about a “body of death”. All of this mumbo jumbo about being “gods” is all NEW AGE STUFF and a deception. The people who claim I am “New Age” have so little Scriptural knowledge that they do not even begin to understand the deep things of the Lord. What total nonsense this person says. Here is what Jesus says about being ONE with God if we are in fact BORN AGAIN:
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Does this then make us “gods”? Of course not, it means we are all ONE in ESSENCE with God. There are many more verses of Scripture to prove all of this, but what is the point? Either you will believe the Bible for what it says, or you will not. If there was no fall from Divine Agape, then we do not need to be rescued, and Jesus Christ was a lunatic who had some weird concept that He was on a rescue mission and that somehow DIVINE AGAPE LOVE was the issue for all of us. What do these people think Jesus meant when He said HE WAS THE LIGHT? And that we had to come to the Light? So then this person says this:
“Mr. Best also states that “The only image that God concerns Himself with in the process of salvation is the image of agape”. This is an awesome statement. The only image God concerns Himself with is not mentioned once throughout all the scriptures. We find in Romans 8:29 that we are to be conformed to the image of His Son, but I challenge anyone to show me anywhere in the scriptures, that we were once agape prior to the fall and that this state of being is required to obtain salvation.
There is a saying that goes, better you shut your mouth and be thought a fool, rather than to open your mouth and prove it! So this issue of DIVINE AGAPE LOVE as it relates to being born again, born from above in the spirit of God, is not mentioned ANYWHERE in the Scripture? Really?
Let’s revisit John:
1 John 3:1
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
The last time I checked the word LOVE is DIVINE AGAPE, for it COMES FROM GOD, and is exactly why Jesus prayed for all of us to come to knowledge of THE TRUTH, and be ONE WITH HIM AND THE FATHER.He also said we are to BEHOLD IT, and know what manner of love this really is:
1. agapao (
<END GREEK>, NT:25) and the corresponding noun agape (B, No. 1 below) present “the characteristic word of Christianity, and since the Spirit of revelation has used it to express ideas previously unknown, inquiry into its use, whether in Greek literature or in the Septuagint, throws but little light upon its distinctive meaning in the NT.Cf, however, Lev 19:18; Deut 6:5.”
Interesting that this AGAPE or AGAPAO was an UNKNOWN, exactly what John says, for he says that the world knows NOT the reborn in Christ, for it KNEW HIM NOT. HIDDEN, SECRET, A MYSTERY, UNKNOWN before Christ. The ancients had no word to describe the LOVE OF CHRIST, so they coined it. Look it up for yourself!!!
“Agape and agapao are used in the NT (a) to describe the attitude of God toward His Son, John 17:26; the human race, generally, John 3:16; Rom 5:8, and to such as believe on the Lord Jesus Christ particularly John 14:21; (b) to convey His will to His children concerning their attitude one toward another, John 13:34, and toward all men, 1 Thess 3:12; 1 Cor 16:14; 2 Peter 1:7; (c) to express the essential nature of God, 1 John 4:8.”
From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 105.
In respect of agapao as used of God, it expresses the deep and constant “love” and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects, producing and fostering a reverential “love” in them towards the Giver, and a practical “love” towards those who are partakers of the same, and a desire to help others to seek the Giver. See BELOVED.
(from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
This person then goes on to say:
“Another straw-man that is resurrected by Mr. Best, is his teachings of agape and phileo love. He states “The love of man went from unconditional and pure agape, to totally conditional, and impure phileo.” Also that “our love is conditional and branded as being evil by the Lord….” And last but definitely not least, he also says “We are to undergo a love change. We must be changed from phileo back to agape” He must mention the word agape at least 300 times in this one news letter. Never mind how many times he mentions the “Narrow Way Straight Gate “. If he lifted up faith in the finish work of the Cross half the time that he mentions “Narrow Way Straight Gate ” he would be at least half right. And another thing Jesus never branded our love as evil but mankind himself as evil.”
Why does this person not understand that IT IS EXACTLY the love issue that makes us evil? It is the lack of Genuine Love that makes man what he is. Jesus said we know how to give good gifts to our children, which is done because WE LOVE THEM with our human love. hE CALLS US EVIL. Why? Because we are, because our love types are all self-centered, even if we will not admit it. This person’s theology is Billy Graham theology – the very theology warned about by Christ Himself that was to come upon the world by the liars and deceivers out there.
I have said it before, I will say it again – there is only ONE ISSUE between man and God, and that is the DIVINE AGAPE LOVE ISSUE, man had it, he lost it at the fall, and Jesus Christ came here and showed us the WAY BACK. The only way back is the STRAIT GATE and NARROW WAY, take it or leave it, your choice. Jesus said it, I did not, and further He said if you would not do it, you were a very, very foolish person.
So this so-called ministry that claim to “protect the faith” has nothing to offer except deception. They all seem to demand you follow them and their “interpretations” about what the Bible says. The Bible teaches you just the opposite – BELIEVE NO MAN, ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GUIDE YOU TO THE TRUTH, but He can only do that if you STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED. Did not Jesus Christ tell you that He would send the Holy Spirit to GUIDE YOU TO THE TRUTH, TO CONVICT YOU OF SIN, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUDGMENT? Did Jesus Christ not warn you to NOT FOLLOW AFTER these types of so-called “ministries” but rather the WORD ITSELF? You are to SEARCH OUT CHRIST, and that is not something these modern preachers, teachers, evangelists and prophetic scholars want you to do, because if you do it, you will find out who and what they really are – nor will you support them when you find it out for yourself, and that is really the BOTTOM LINE.
It’s all about NUMBERS OF FOLLOWERS and CASH IN THE TILL. If you tell the REAL TRUTH, you will be hated, despised, reviled and persecuted ACCORDING TO Jesus Christ Himself. Remember what Christ said, and remember it well, for 99% of the people not only follow after and heavily support the modern popular “leaders” of Christendom, they hang on every word they say, and pay little, if any attention to what the Lord had to say. “Having itching ears, they are turned unto fables”.
So when you tell people to SEARCH THIS MATTER OUT FOR YOURSELF, all of this goes against the grain of modern day Christian “leaders” who want you to follow them and their “theological understandings” of the Word, which they have filtered through their totally unregenerate carnal minds and who have also come up with an unregenerate salvation theology that perfectly matches what Jesus Christ warned was coming and one that takes you to eternal ruin. It is really all about “control” and Satan is the great CONTROLLER. Jesus sets a person FREE, and when He does, via authentic rebirth, they are FREE INDEED.
My concern is in the “salvation theology” error and also the mis-identification of the players in prophecy, which then skews everything they say from the real truth. The real truth is right there in front of your nose – all I have ever asked, and all I have ever warned about is for people to NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU HEAR, READ OR SEE, EXCEPT THE HOLY BIBLE. but rather BELIEVE THE LORD and what He has to say, and believe that ONLY. I APPRECIATE THAT THEY ALL PREACH CHRIST, BUT TO ACCUSE ME OF BRINGING ANOTHER CHRIST, ANOTHER GOSPEL is TOTALLY FALSE – I am trying to get people back to the REAL GOSPEL, ALL SPELLED OUT IN THE SCRIPTURE ITSELF.
I could go on and on concerning this attack, but this person proved, right up front, he knows little about the true faith or the Bible, but has bought into modern “faith only” theology with no strait gate, no narrow way, no cross, no death, no lowest room, no coming to the light of divine agape and no real authentic rebirth. This is what Jesus Christ told us, take it or leave it:
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
And I am attacked for that? There is ONLY ONE CONDEMNATION. It concerns only ONE THING. The LIGHT of Divine Agape. That’s it, that is the only issue between man and God. The sin issue was settled at the cross. That’s why John said that we had to dig down to the ROOT of why we sin, and that is THE FALL AND LOSS OF DIVINE AGAPE. We need to get it back by rebirth. We all need to come home, the home we lost at the fall of man. It is that simple.
So you can believe what Satan’s ANGELS OF LIGHT are telling you, or you can do what the Bible tells you to do, YOUR CHOICE. Go to our web-site and download our DARK/LIGHT research project on salvation. It’s FREE. It is long, about 700-800 pages. Scroll down to near the bottom and you will find the link to download it. TO DATE, NO ONE HAS EVER REFUTED IT. They mock it, they revile it, that attack it, they attack us, preachers, teachers and evangelists hate it, but they never use Scripture, and never have proved that Christ did not say it, or that He did not mean it, or that it does not apply to all of us. Why? Because its the real truth of Scripture, pure and simple. It cannot be refuted in truth, because THE TRUTH will always be THE LAST MAN STANDING.
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