Know The Past And See Tomorrow

“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers
Also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall be according
to their works.”    II Corinthians 11:15.

Laurence R. Fugit

Laurence R. Fugit

A man called me from Washington, D.C. a few days ago. He had come across my father’s name, (Laurence R. Fugit), while reading some printed material in the Library of Congress. My father had received the Harmon Award in 1927, in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was a prestigious award given to a only a select number of scouts in the Boy Scouts of America.

My father was an Eagle Scout. I am one, too. He had mentioned this honor to me – but I never knew why he had been selected for the award. He had a formal presentation of his contribution to society. Lawrence R. Fugit went on to do the following:

Immersed hundreds and hundreds into Christ.
• Founded two or three churches.
• Active in foreign missions.
• Served on various Bible College boards.
• Had several Scout troops.
• Conducted a multitude of weddings and funerals.
• Very patriotic during World War II.
• A founder of a summer Christian camp in New Mexico.
• Constantly wrote about the Christian life.
• Received the Silver Beaver award.

All of this came about even though his family did not encourage or support his efforts. This type of mind-set started before the Harmon Foundation ceremony. He did all of this without any family encouragement, economic support and with no paternal guidance.

His life proves that – out of poverty and degradation a person can rise above his surroundings.

Mine, Mine, Mine

The group of adults from 25 to 34 years old have one motto mine, my, and me. This statistic is true not only in the United States; but it is a fact in all of the Western culture. Even though the author knows little about Asia and the Middle East it is suspected the same pattern is there also.

There is a publication produced by Gerald Celente which is called “Trends Journal”, and the latest is the winter of 2016. One article you could read is  “”The Change The World” schtick is a front.”” This is a trend of our generation that apathy is a way of life. Here is one paragraph:

“Fewer millennials are patriotic. Fewer are religious.  Few care about the environment and only 19% of millennials, (per a 2014 pew survey), trust people at all.”

What the church has not taught is “me” is not the center of the universe when this group of people do not get their wants then rebel. Do you recall the Occupy Movement a few years ago?

This certainly was not Paul the Apostle’s attitude or what he taught. This unique man explained his position by example in II Corinthians 11:11-12 states this:

“Wherefore? Because I love you not? God knoweth.
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off
occasion from them which desire occasion; that
wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.”

Whenever success is found in any work, and it is true of the church also there will spring up men who will use the language of the successful and then copy some of the attributes of the success. This is what happened with Paul’s work also. He predicted what would take place.

Read about this in II Corinthians 11:13:

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ”

He even went further – when in II Corinthians 11: 14, the father of lies was mentioned:

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

Evil at first must take on a form of righteousness to be acceptable by the masses of people.

Paul said in Galatians 1:8 that if any other gospel is preached they are wrong.

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach
any other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Look around you and see if other insertions are made as being the good news of Jesus Christ. Here is a list you should consider:

Sprinkling is a valid form of baptism,
• Believers need not tithe,
• Foreign missions are an option,
• Church buildings are a sign those people are spiritual,
• Church attendance is optional,
• Christianity is a personal matter,
• There must be a hierarchy for a church group,
• Old Testament is not for the modern world.

One can easily understand that Satan confuses people as a whole and the modern church has brought into his evil destructive ways. As I have written many times before that a blind man could see what is happening in the modern church.

Paul: The Example

When reading scripture in the back of your mind it must always be the question, “what does this passage mean to me at this moment?” Remember that the Bible was given to us for all ages. There are answers for all of our problems. Let me write that again. The Bible was given to us for all ages.
Yes, Paul was not afraid to instruct others what he had done so that a pattern could be shown what one man was able to accomplish. This is what he said in II Corinthians 11:15-17:

“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.
I say again, let no man think me a fool; of otherwise,
yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as
it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.”

As a Christian, we should inquire what others have achieved. My parents often had missionaries and preachers in their home and it was always a delight and instructive to hear what was happening in other venues.

I listened. I learned. My mind was expanded.

Speak Out

Paul was not a timid man as he spoke. There is no way for us to know what all he said and the manner used in the tone of his voice. This we do know that his writings were some of the most powerful and logical ever penned. He taught from experience. With the people he could put it as a fact what was achieved. In II Corinthians 11:18-21, this man told how he felt and acted.

“Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man
devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself,
if a man smite you on the face.
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been
weak. Howbeit wherein so ever any is bold.
(I speak foolishly.) I am bold also.”

Unless you are familiar with military history of the United States then the name of Air Force Colonel John Boyd will not be known only by a by few readers. Yet this man changed the way air warfare is fought. Actually, one could compare this warrior with Sun Tzu of 2400 years ago. He developed the”00DA loop.” This man knew what he was doing. There is a powerful book by Coram called “Boyd” who changed the art of air war.

It was Paul who literally brought the Gospel to the gentiles.

Bragging Rights

Just from the physical aspects Paul suffered the following as we told in II Corinthians 11:22.

Read the list in awe. Without quoting this long passage here is the list:

Hebrews was his nationality,
• Israelite was his blood line,
• Beaten 5 times with 39 stripes each time = 195 hits,
• Beaten with rods 3 times,
• Stoned one-time,
• Three times ship-wrecked,
• 24 hours floating at sea,
• False accusations against him,
• Hungry often,
Thirsty, cold, and naked, often,
• One night he jumped over a wall to escape through a window when soldiers sought him.

This man had every right to brag. Of those 11 areas listed above, how many have you gone through?

It is with deep sorrow the following remark is made: for the most part the churches -Protestant and Roman Catholic –  are confusing. There will be no change in the church. Individuals can and will change. Never depend on any church, program or national group to instruct you for salvation. It is the Bible, God’s word, that directs you to the path of salvation. This passage from II Corinthians 11:11-31 should be read by you at once.

The reader might want to show this article to a young person. The youth must be inspired to act in situations which seem to be impossible. All people have the right to hear the good news one time as a person.

It should never be a secret that life after death is a given fact.

Conclusion

This chapter is one which should be told again and again to young people. It will cause them to be inspired to change the world. It happened to Lawrence R. Fugit and to Colonel John Boyd when a thought grabbed their minds.

Paul was a magnificent example.  We can be one, too.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

LEAD ON – O KNG ETERNAL

Lead on, O King eternal,
the day of march has come;
henceforth in fields of conquest
thy tents shall be our home.
Through days of preparation
thy grace has made us strong;
and now, O King eternal,
we lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
we follow, not with fears,
for gladness breaks like morning
where’er thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted o’er us,
we journey in its light;
the crown awaits the conquest;
lead on, O God of might.

Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888

Gerald K. Fugit
Diggingoldwells.com

March 13, 2016

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