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"RASPUTIN--HERO?--OR HEEL?"--MO November 21, 1970 NO.

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1. THE WORLD ALWAYS KILLS ITS SAVIOURS AND MAKES VILLAINS OF THEM!
2. THERE IS HARDLY A CASE WHERE A TRULY GREAT MAN SAVED HIS NATION, THAT HE WASN'T
LATER VILIFIED or assassinated or deposed or imprisoned!
3. JULIUS CAESAR WAS ASSASSINATED, and he was the greatest Caesar Rome ever had. General Garibaldi of
Italy saved his country and became such a hero that the people began to speak of making him a king, so that the monarchy
immediately had him exiled!
4. THERE ARE MANY EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE! Noah saved mankind by his obedience to the Lord; but his
critics say, "Yes, but, look: he turned out to be nothing but a drunk!" Or Abraham, who really saved his family out of
Babylon by moving to Israel. But there are people today who say, "What a rotter Abraham was! He mistreated his own wife,
offering her as his sister to two kings to save his own neck."
5. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH A MAN DOES FOR HIS PEOPLE or his country, or how great he is:
They always have faults for which their enemies will never excuse them, and for which they sometimes get them in the end!
6. MOSES SAVED MILLIONS of the Children of Israel from Egypt, but from the time that they tattled on him for
killing the Egyptian, during the whole time he led them, they were always blaming things on him, and were even willing to
throw him over just for marrying a coloured girl! He was never appreciated or given due credit by his own people while he
was alive.
7. MOST SAVIOURS HAVE HAD TO SUFFER THE HATRED OF THE VERY PEOPLE THEY WERE
TRYING TO SAVE, and the people frequently ended up killing them. Poor Saul was a good king, anointed of God, and he
helped save the kingdom and did a lot of good things--but what's he remembered for?--Nothing but his faults and his
failures! David is classic example--a man who really united the kingdom and gave it its greatest era of peace and power and
its initial glory--and what did he get for it?--He was deposed by his own son, who managed to persuade the fickle public
that David was their enemy. And what's Solomon remembered for? Not so much as being the world's wisest man and great
king who ruled Israel at the height of its glory; but he's ridiculed because of the number of his wives! It's always easier to
tear down than it is to build! People are usually quicker to believe lies than the truth--gossip, slander, libel, defamation of
character, villification.--The public enjoys a nice juicy dirty story about its leaders, and they rejoice when their faults and
failings and failures are exposed! And I wonder how often you've heard: "I always knew he was a so-and-so--that there was
something phony about him!" No matter how much good he did, people are quicker to find fault than to value virtue. They
seldom remember the good, but they always remember the evil! The good doesn't usually make news, but the evil always
hits the headlines! Fame is fickle and triumph is only transitory. The cream of the crop today is always the sour cheese of
tomorrow. The same crowd that was crying, "Hosanna to the Son of David" on Palm Sunday, was shouting, "Crucify Him"
the following Friday!
8. IF YOU'D VALUE THE PRAISE OF MAN--YOU'D BETTER CATCH IT QUICK WHILE IT'S PASSING,
'CAUSE IT'S SOON GONE. Only God remembers! And the square that was named Pershing yesterday is called MacArthur
today and will be called by another famous name tomorrow--as soon as the former is forgotten!
9. THE APOSTLE PAUL, WHO BROUGHT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM TO THE WORLD, WAS PERSECUTED
BY HIS OWN, AND KILLED BY HIS ENEMIES. Jeremiah, trying to warn his people of coming disaster, was threatened
by his own family, beaten by his church, and imprisoned by his government!
10. NEARLY EVERY GREAT RELIGIOUS LEADER, REFORMER, AND REVOLUTIONIST, SUFFERED
IMPRISONMENT AND DEATH, too often at the hands of the very people he was trying to save! There was always a
Judas--always a betrayer--always an enemy within--who was willing to sell him out for some thirty pieces of silver.
11. CAESAR WAS KILLED BY HIS DEAREST FRIEND--his bosom friend Brutus! He was a good dictator--that
really brought Rome together by his powerful rule, and then he was assassinated by his own friends, for fear of that very
same power! "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against
me!" (Psalm 41:9).
12. THESE VICTIMS OF FAME ARE TOO NUMEROUS TO NAME--too common to recount! One moment
they're praising you and the next they're stabbing you in the back--like Paul and Silas! At first they fell down and
worshipped them as gods!--A little while later they tried to stone them to death!
13. WHAT ABOUT THE SO-CALLED VILLAINS OF HISTORY? Even the men like Benedict Arnold and Aaron
Burr thought they were saving their country, but have gone down in history as traitors and rebels, including "The Man
without a Country". True, their intent may have been good, but some of them were deceived.
14. NEVERTHELESS, I AM SURE PHARAOH THOUGHT HE WAS SAVING EGYPT--but instead he killed it!
Apparently Aaron thought the Golden Calf was the only way to keep the people together when he thought Moses was gone!
I supposed even Judas thought he was helping the cause of the Zealots by betraying Jesus!
15. SOME OF THEM WERE WRONG--ALL OF THEM MADE MISTAKES--AND MOST OF THEM WERE
CONDEMNED--even for the good they did! Who knows? Many who have gone down in history as heroes may really have
been the villains of their day; and many of the so-called villains may really have been the heroes!
16. IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHAT THE "MINISTRY OF TRUTH"--THE VICTORIOUS HISTORIANS--
DECIDE TO DICTATE! It all depends on which side won! It all depends on which side is writing the history!
17. SO WHO'RE YOU GONNA BELIEVE? You can't trust the history books! The only thing you can trust is the
Bible!
18. WHAT ABOUT RASPUTIN--CALLED THE "HOLY DEVIL OF RUSSIA"? Was he holy--or was he a devil?
Who knows? Maybe he would have saved Russia!--She was already on the brink of defeat and revolution when this
mysterious monk came to power during World War I, through his influence over the Czar's family! Some believed he was
all that held Russia together, and might have brought about peace with Germany and a peaceful revolution within! Others
believed he was ruining Russia --selling her down the river to her enemies--and perpetrating the bloodshed!
19. IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHOSE SIDE YOU'RE ON! Was he holy?--Or was he a devil? Did he have the
supernatural power and wisdom of God and help to control the monarchy and bring peace with the people and Russia's
enemies?--Or did he wield the power of the Devil, lusting for more power--a glutton and a profligate--as some portray him?
20. WHO'RE YOU GONNA BELIEVE?--Which history book? Was he good-or was he bad? Like most men--
whether they go down in history as heroes or villians--he was probably both--doing the best he knew how--doing what he
thought was right! Whichever side you believe, his cruel assassination didn't save the country! A few months later, Russia
fell to her enemies and to the communists!
21. SO WHO KNOWS WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED HAD HE LIVED! We'll never know! It all depends
on who you listen to!
22. THERE WERE EVEN THOSE WHO THOUGHT JESUS WAS A CRIMINAL! To the Jews--Jesus was a
bastard, a devil, a law-breaker, a winebibber, a glutton, a companion of publicans and sinners, drunks and harlots, and a
destroyer of Judaism!--But to us He was the Saviour of the world! The Jews blame Him for breaking the power of their
religious establishment, bringing on them the wrath of Rome, annihilating their country, and for all the persecution and
problems that they have suffered since!--Instead of blaming themselves! We know that He was trying to restore the true
religion, bring true faith, and saved the Jews from themselves and their hypocrisy. This was what Jesus tried to teach--a
greater charity, even to your enemies!
23. IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU LISTEN TO, who you believe, and who you want to believe--whose side you're
on!
24. EVEN THE VILLAINS OF HISTORY WERE NECESSARY! Where would the good guys be without the bad
guys? You wouldn't appreciate the white-hats! Even the Devil is necessary--and the Scripture says that even the angels
"durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee!" All things work together for good to them
that love the Lord! (Rom.8:28) Even those that were wrong, were working out God's purpose!
25. WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY'LL SAY ABOUT US?--When they beat us, persecute us, and cast us into
prison, and will some day kill us, for the "good" of the country--if not the world! The scribes, the Pharisees, the leaders of
the corrupt church and establishment, the hypocritical parents, and the jealous rivals--What will they say?--What do they
say? "They're a threat to the church, a danger to the country, perverters of our children, the enemies of education, disturbers
of the peace, publicity hounds, lazy loafers, parasites of society, living in iniquity, free love, and adultery, drug addicts,
criminals, revolutionists, subverters, seditionists, traitors, demon-possessed hypnotists, false prophets, destroyers of the true
faith, enemies of the State, corrupters of our children, underminers of our System, friends of our enemies!"
26. OR WHAT ELSE DO THEY SAY ABOUT US?
27. BUT IF YOU WOULD ASK OUR OWN KIDS--WHAT WOULD THEY SAY--the kids with whom God has
used us to save them from drugs and vice and crime, futility, hell on earth and hell hereafter? And what would some honest
parents and our few friends say, who know the good we've done, and the souls we've saved, and the lives we've changed,
and the usefulness, the joy, and happiness that we've brought to many, and the miracles God has done, the way He is
blessing and using us for the Salvation of our youth, and as examples of what could and should be done to save them, and of
what they can do to help themselves, by the power of His Grace! To hear them tell it, what would you think? It would be
quite a different story!
28. AND YOUR LEADERS? ACCORDING TO OUR ENEMIES, THEY ARE THE WORST OF ALL--living in
sin, crime, and false doctrine, leading the Children of God astray--false prophets of the Devil! If they could just get the
leaders, the children would be saved! If they could destroy the leaders, they could save the followers! This they have tried to
do and will continue to try till Jesus comes!
29. WHO'RE YOU GONNA BELIEVE?--YOUR LEADERS--OR THEIR ENEMIES? Whose history book are
you reading?--Ours, or theirs?--God's or the Devil's?--God's Word, or man's word? It all depends on what you want to
believe! It depends on whose side you're on!
30. WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? How long go ye halting between two opinions?--If God be God, then serve
Him;--If Baal be God, then serve Him!
31. IF YOU STILL THINK THE SYSTEM'S GREAT, THEN GET YOUR HELL OUT OF HERE, AND GO
BACK to the swine-pit and your vomit--but if you're going to serve God, for God's sake, know what you're going to
believe--and serve Him--no matter what they say!
32. AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE--WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!

THE TWO PATHS

O’er uncharted sea


To their hearts desire
Do men of faith set sail,
While the beaten men
Walk with fearful hearts
Along life’s beaten trail.

The men of faith will challenge


Both men and Satan’s wrath,
But the beaten men will compromise
And walk the beaten path.

Beaten roads are for beaten men,


As they walk with measured tread;
With tuneless souls they move along
To dwell among the dead.

But men of faith climb unscaled walls,


And sail uncharted sea.
They dare to cross conventions bounds
To set the captives free.
--Thomas Wyatt

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