|Terry Watkins||Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
When you think you�ve heard it all something comes along that is so foolish the words of Psalm 15:14 seems to jump out, ". . .the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness."
Such is the "What Would Jesus Drive" campaign. . .
The "What Would Jesus Drive" nonsense is the brain-child of Jim Ball. To degrade the Lord Jesus into a environmental-wacko "car salesman" is beyond simple ignorance � it�s irreverent and it�s blasphemous.
The "WWJD" campaign is an off-shoot of the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) &
Of course, anyone even slightly familiar with the Word of God KNOWS Satan is currently the "prince of this world" (John 12:31) and the "god of this world" (2 Corinthians 4:4). In Luke 4, where Jesus Christ battles Satan at the mount of temptation, Satan tempts the Lord Jesus by offering the Lord Jesus this world, and it's glory in exchange for His worship.
It's worth noting, The Lord Jesus did not rebuke or question Satan's claim to the current "lordship of this earth" (hence. "worship me") or ownership of this world. This "present evil world" (Galatians 1:4) currently belongs to Satan. It is his prized possession. One day, soon, the Lord Jesus will reclaim and renew His creation (Romans 8:21-23), but presently Satan is "god of this world".
But back to the "What Would Jesus Drive" insanity. . .
The purpose of the "WWJD" campaign is to persuade Christians that Jesus Christ would drive a small, gas-efficient, lesser-polluting, environmental-friendly vehicle. (I guess the devil would drive a gas-guzzling mini-van or SUV.) The EEN website states:
The EEN even asks it's readers to "make a commitment to �walk the walk and drive the talk�. Cute . . . huh? They even ask their readers to "take the What Would Jesus Drive Pledge". The "pledge" is a series of way-out, weird environmental, wacko anti-pollutant commitements.
But REALLY "What Would Jesus Drive"?
In reality, there is no "What Would Jesus Drive" question. . . We KNOW what He "drove". He "drove" an ass! Jesus rode on a donkey. Hey Jimmie Ball and crew if you REALLY, REALLY want to "follow Jesus" . . . And you REALLY, REALLY want to "drive what Jesus Drove" . . . And you (and your environmental buds) REALLY, REALLY want to combat pollution . . . Drive a Donkey! They REALLY don't want be that scriptural. . . But that's just not sensible. People all over the world still drive animals. And guess what. . . Many of these countries that "drive" animals and have very few automobiles are some of the most polluted and environmentally devastated places in the world. Can you say Ethiopia?
And let me say something to you pastors, and bus workers that are driving all those "big ol� Satanic gas-guzzling, polluting buses" to bus those kids into church to get them saved � STOP IT! RIGHT NOW! You unloving, polluter! Don�t you know you�re polluting the environment. Forget about the souls of those kids! It�s the environment � stupid.
Remember the words of the Lord Jesus in Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save "the environment".
Not hardly. . .
GOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Hey Mr. Ball, have you ever read what the Lord Jesus did to "the environment" and the fig tree in Matthew 21 and Mark 11?
In Mark 11, the Lord Jesus "cursed" the fig tree causing it to wither away and die.
And how about Matthew 6 (and Luke 12)? Where it states God is going to burn the lilies and the grass?
By the way have you ever read about Noah and the flood? Talk about a "environmental disaster". Talk about "endangerment of the species". . . Or "love thy neighbor"? Now, where was the EEN during the days of Noah? The Lord drowned the whole environment -- man, beast, plants, all -- except Noah, his family and the animals Noah gathered.
And while we�re on the subject. . . What about the plagues of Egypt? The flies, the lice, the frogs, and if that wasn�t bad enough � the Lord polluted the water! He turned the precious water into blood!
And dare we forget, how that polluter Moses polluted the precious life-giving water in Exodus 32. Remember when the children of Israel rebelled against the Lord and made the golden calf. And Moses took the golden calf, burnt it in fire (smoke � pollution, EPA, EEN), ground it into powder, then threw it in the water � he polluted the water! And then Moses, the polluter, made the people drink the polluted water! Yikes! Call the EPA!
That mean �ol, polluter Moses. I bet he drove one of them "Satanic gas-hogging, carbon-monoxide-spewing" SUVs! Hmm. . . I wonder if that�s the real reason why the Lord wouldn�t let Moses go into the promised land? �Cause he was a polluter. . .? Yep. . . That was probably it.
But the "mother of all polluters" is found in Revelation. Talk about some serious polluting. . .
Check this out. . .
A third part of the trees, a third part of the green grass, a third part of the sea, a third part of the sea life, a third part of the rivers, a third part of the sun, the moon and the stars � polluted! An environmental disaster! Who in the world is doing this? I bet it�s those nasty Republicans! Probably George Bush. . .
In Revelation 16, an angel pollutes the sea and kills every living soul in the sea! And another angel pollutes the rivers and other waters! Who is doing this polluting?
And in Revelation 9, an angel opens the bottomless pit and the smoke is so great � the sun and THE AIR were darkened by the reason of the smoke! Who is doing all this polluting? Who is destroying our environment? Quick get the EPA on the phone! Call the EEN! Call an emergency meeting of the United Nations. . . Where is Al "Ozone-man" Gore?
Do you who is polluting the waters, the air, and destroying the environment in Revelation?
GOD IS. . .
And I�ve got some real sad news for Jim, EEN, EPA and all the other environmentalists. Real sad news. For a final climax, do you know what God is going to do? He is going to completely burn up this "environment". . .
2 Peter 3:10-12
THE ENVIRONMENTAL TRUTH. . .
Friend, Jesus Christ did not come into this world to save the environment. God Almighty is not in heaven nervously "pacing the floor" worrying about the pollution. The Lord is not in heaven "wringing His hands" over the ozone layer. Jesus Christ is not in heaven interceding for the environment and the EPA? He�s not concerned about the environment. . .
BUT HE�S CONCERNED ABOUT YOU!
Jim and the EEN are right about one thing. This world is polluted.
And it�s polluted bad. Very, very, bad. And the pollution is very, very deadly. (In fact, "pollute" occurs 56 times in the King James Bible.)
The REAL pollution took place 6,000 years ago in the garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve rebelled against the will of God and ate the forbidden fruit � this pure, clean, sinless, earth became polluted, cursed and dirty. This earth is a cursed, polluted, corrupt environment because of the rebellion of man.
And that pollution is the entrance of sin. Not only is this earth polluted. The pollution of sin has filled every fiber and soul of man himself. Sin has polluted man like a hot knife through butter. The pollution of sin is seen in the killing and terrorism shaking our world. The pollution of sin is heard in the cries of thousands of mothers burying their children. It�s felt in the pain of young people destroying their life through sin and youthful lust. The pollution of sin is killing you. . .
Yes. . . The pollution of sin is very serious. . .
When Adam and Eve sinned, they became so polluted and ashamed they hid themselves from their loving Father. The pollution of sin immediately separated the Adams from their God.
Friend, the pollution of sin has also separated you and I from God our loving Father. God is a Holy and Righteous God. And the pollution of sin will not come into His presence.
In fact, the pollution of sin is so bad and filthy � it could eventually cause you to be cast into a lake of fire. You and I are so polluted, a Holy Righteous God can not allow us to come in His Holy presence.
But God loves you SO much. . . More than you can even begin to conceive. He loved you SO much that He gave His only begotten Son to remove and cleanse the pollution of your sin. Jesus Christ came into this world to die on a cross, shed His precious, sinless, pure, unpolluted blood for you. . .
The pollution of your sins DEMANDS judgement before a Holy God. You and I can not POSSIBLY pass that judgement. It DEMANDED a pure, unpolluted, sinless person. . .
And there was ONLY ONE that could fill that bill. . .
ONLY ONE. . .
". . .Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. . . .
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ never sinned. He was unspotted. Unpolluted. Pure. Sinless. Holy. And when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary, my sins and your sins were placed upon Him. He paid our penalty and judgement that a Holy, Righteous God requires.
1 Peter 1:18-19
2 Corinthians 5:21
2 Corinthians 5:21 clearly says that Jesus Christ was pure, sinless � "who knew no sin". And Jesus was made "to be sin" FOR US! He settled the sin pollution once and for all. Not only that. . . Did you read the last part of that verse? " . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." You can be as holy and righteous as God Himself � IN HIM � THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Have you ever had the pollution of your sins cleansed? Have you ever truly received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour?
IT�S SIMPLE TO BE SAVED
"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" Romans 3:10
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; ..." Isaiah 64:6
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, ..." 1 Peter 2:24
"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:" John 1:12
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE SAVED?
Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart.
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, Lord the best way I know how, and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Savior. In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
Remember where we read in 2 Peter 3 where the Lord is gonna burn this earth and heaven completely up?
2 Peter 3:10-12
But I didn�t tell you the rest. . . God is make another earth without ANY sin, ANY pollution! A NEW EARTH!
HALLELUJAH! GLORY TO GOD!
No more tears. . . no more death. . . no more sorrow. . . no more pain. . . no more death
THE POLLUTION OF SIN IS GONE! GONE! GONE!
Now doesn�t that sound like a better deal than the "What Would Jesus Drive" gospel? And doesn�t that make much more sense?
Look what the Lord says in 1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
Isn�t that wonderful? Isn�t that better than all the riches, wealth and desires of this polluted world? Only God could make a promise like that!
Oh, friend if you've never truly received the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour -- DO IT RIGHT NOW!
I promise you -- YOU'LL NEVER, EVER REGRET IT!
But if you die without the Lord Jesus Christ and His blood for you sins -- you'll regret and curse the day you were born!
If you die without the Lord Jesus Christ -- you will spend all of eternity tormenting, burning, screaming, in a lake of fire!
And I promise you -- IT WILL HAPPEN!
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
DON'T BE CAUGHT DEAD WITHOUT JESUS!
What Would Jesus Drive?
Searching the King James Bible we found some interesting and amusing references to automobiles in the Bible. . .
In Jeremiah the Lord drives the children of Israel in His Plymouth Fury:
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them. . . in my fury, . . ."
But Job leaves in a Pontiac Tempest
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
In Nahum 1:3 the Lord has His way in a Geo Storm.
. . . the LORD hath his way . . . in the storm, . . .
The walls of Jericho came down when the Dodge Ram's horn was "blast".
And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn,. . .
Titus went to the Corinthians in his own Honda Accord.
For indeed he accepted the exhortation; but being more forward, of his own accord he went unto you.
In Genesis 32 Jacob apparently went car shopping as he passed over the Ford Jabbok. The Ford Jabbok was very popular in the days in Jacob. (The Jabbok resembled the Ford Escort but was discontinued in BC 1250).
And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.
The Lord sends an American Motors Ambassador to the heathen. Probably not a good car to buy?
I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen,. . .
And there's Saul trying to smite David to the wall with his American Motors Javelin. Ouch! That would hurt.
And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; . . .
Job seems to think God is partial to the Dodge Arrow:
For the arrows of the Almighty are. . . in array. . . Job 6:4
But by far the most popular automobile is the Dodge Spirit.
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit. . ." Ezekiel 37:1
John the Baptist went in Elias's Dodge Spirit:
And he shall go before him in the spirit. . . of Elias, . . .
I believe Paul needed a little bigger car because he was pressed in the small Dodge Spirit.
. . . Paul was pressed in the spirit,. . .
Another time Paul was "bound" in the Dodge Spirit. Paul you need a bigger car. . . Maybe an SUV?
And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem,. . . Acts 20:22
Finally, Paul gets his SUV. Julius gave him a Jeep Liberty SUV to go see his friends.
And the next day we touched at Sidon. And Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends. . .
And of course, we need to pray in our Dodge Spirit. (Pray that ol Dodge keeps running).
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. . .
And we should worship God in the Dodge Spirit:
For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit,. . .
And there's some folks who even live in their Dodge Spirit. I think I've seen a few of those folks on the side of the road.
. . . but live according to God in the spirit. . .
In Revelation, John was in the Dodge Spirit on the Lord's day:
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,. . .
I'm not sure what Saul and Jonathan drove . . . but it was faster than the Jeep Eagle:
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles. . .
Now I can relate to this next guy. There's a certain man in 1 Kings 22:34 who must have gotten a real lemon. He tried to shoot his Chevy Venture mini-van. (I've had a few cars I'd like to shoot.) I had one that I . . . Oops, better not bring that up.
And a certain man drew a bow at a venture,. . .
In Hebrews 11:34 tells of those who like their Plymouth Valiant clean and shiny as they "waxed" their Plymouth Valiant: Of course, all that rubbing and waxing "made them strong".
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant. . .
In 2 Chronicles 32:5 Hezekiah repaired his Minutoli Millo and made Dodge Darts in abundance. I believe he owned Hezekiah Autos in the city of David.
Also he strengthened himself, . . . and repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts. . . in abundance.
AND OF COURSE. . .
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.