1. On Oppression
2. Salvation
3. On Dying
4. On Receiving the Spirit
5. On Being Reasonable
6. On the Witness
7. On the Second Death
8. On the Church
9. On Bruised Reeds
10. On Politics and the Church: Returning to Egypt

11. On Receiving the Messenger
12. On Romans 10:9-10
13. On Marriage and Divorce
14. On the Keys of the Kingdom
15. On...The Question
16. On The Call
17. On The Rest
18. On Works
19. On Being Taken
20. On The Blood

21. On Knowing The Bible
22. ----------
23. Are You Born Again?
24. On Church Membership
25. On the Death of a True Pastor
26. Charter of the Pioneer Tract Society
27. Suffering and the Saints
28. On "What Must I Do To Be Saved?"
29. On Solomon's Wisdom
30. On P.T.L. and Oppression

31. On The Flood's Lesson
32. On The Washing Away of Sins
33. The Law
34. The Law, Part 2
35. The Law, Part 3
36. The Law, Part 4
37. The Law, Part 5
38. The Law, Part 6
39. The Father and the Son
40. Is Jesus God?

41. Jesus' Messages to the Seven Messengers: Revelation 2,3
42. "Ye Must Be Born Again
43. The True Sabbath
44. Concerning Your Work
45. Standards
46. On Tongues
47. Unequally Yoked in Worship
48. What Do I Really Believe?
49. Spiritual Influence
50. Marriage and Divorce

51. Crucified with Christ
52. The Good of Government
53. Jezreel
54. On Feelings
55. Saved?
56. Is Jesus Good Enough?
57. Works
58. Games
59. Seven Pillars
60. The Lusts of the Devil

61. The Time Draweth Near?
62. Returning to Egypt
63. "It Isn't Me"
64. On Being Just
65. The Vineyard of God
66. Unknown Tongues
67. Making a Deal
68. The Word of God
69. Homosexuality and the Bible
70. A Vision

71. Questions
72. Christianity or Christ!
73. What Makes Holy?
74. What Price, Ahab?
75. At Dan
76. The Commandments of Jesus
77. The Commandments of Jesus, Part 2
78. The Commandments of Jesus, Part 3
79. On Mt. Gilboa
80. The Manner of Beer-sheba

81. Trinity or Travesty
82. Biblical Geography and History
83. The God And Father of Jesus
84. A Call To Repentance
85. The Fellowship of His Sufferings
86. The Sabbath
87. Envy at En-Gedi
88. The Antichrist
89. How to Hate Sin
90. Can You Believe It?

91. The Nations of the Bible: Amalekites
92. The Nations of the Bible: Moab and Ammon
93. The Nations of the Bible: Edom
94. The Nations of the Bible: Assyria
95. Revelation (1)
96. Revelation (2)
97. Revelation (3)
98. The Fullness of Time
99. Sanctification
100. On Learning

101. Nebuchadnezzar's Image
102. The Third Throne
103. On Hatred
104. The God's of The Gentiles
105. Yahweh, God of The Christians
106. ------------
107. The Gates of Hell
108. The Salvation of God
109. It Is Not Black or White: It is Jesus
110. Who Is Lost?

111. Some Other Way
112. Who Is Really The Greater (that is the more blessed)?
114. On Receiving Tithes and Offerings
115. Seven Lies That The Children of God Believe
On Oppression

By John David Clark, Sr. - June, 1987

A phrase in popular use as a synonym for conversion is "coming to know the Lord." Now, clearly it is the will of the Lord that his people know him, his Spirit, his will, his voice, his thoughts. However, coming to know the Lord does not happen at conversion. Rathers, the knowledge of God is progressively acquired after our conversion, as we continue in the Word (Jn. 8:31-32). To know God is to attain to the mind of Christ. The Bible plainly teaches that neither immature nor disobedient believers know God (I Sam. 2:12; Gal. 4:9). Those areas in which our knowledge of God is lacking are the very places which the enemies of righteousness use to confuse and divide us. Therefore, a chief objective of all saints should at all times be to come to the knowledge of God. Even the apostle Paul desired this (e.g. Phip. 3:8-10).

Making a pastoral visit several years ago, my father heard a poor, miserable alcoholic in a darkened room in the rear of the house sobbing on his bed, "Oh, if I only knew God from the devil! Oh, if I only knew God from the devil!" The man whom my father was visiting was embarrassed at his relative's drunkened outburst, especially during the visit of a minister. He wanted to rebuke the inebriated man, but my father protested, "Please don't stop him. If God answers that prayer, that man will be delivered from alcohol. To desire to know God from the devil is a very good desire indeed. Would to God all his children knew good from evil."

To know God is what the Church as a whole desperately needs. God, through humble Hosea mourned, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6). A modern prophet could now say, "My people are divided for lack of knowledge." If the Church knew God, it would not be divided by the walls of denominations. If the Church knew God, it would not be confused. It would know who and what to believe, who to follow, who to support. If we knew God, we would know who his ministers are and who is truly anointed (Rev. 2:2).

The Spirit impressed upon me recently as I sought God in prayer, that many in the Church do not know that God is very displeased with the money-grabbing tactics which govern some ministries. Specifically, the Spirit impressed upon me how much the Lord wants his dear children to know that it is not he who is gouging them for every dollar that they will give. It is not the gentle voice of Jesus incessantly crying, "Give ye" (Hos. 4:18). If the Church knew God, it would know that. If the Church knew God, the truth would be clear to the Church that the doctrines of prosperity and success are merely inventions of covetous men, and are used by them to disguise their greedy spirits.

When Moses led Israel to Mount Sinai, the Israelites must have been amazed and humbled that Almighty God, who could justly have demanded all their substance, demanded so very little. How loving he is! He could justly have laden their backs with enormous burdens of required gifts and offerings. Instead, they found him to be concerned with THEIR welfare, not his own. God wants his people to know that he has not changed.

God's faithful pastors feel as God does about the Church. They will not burden the precious flock of God with incessant pleas for money. In this connection, the Spirit led me to study the word "oppression", and to my surprise I learned that in the Scriptures, oppression is almost always associated with demands for money. Please study it for yourself. God's heart is yearning for his people to know him better than to think that he is the oppressor of his own people. Deceitful ministers are oppressing God's people (not only for their money but for their time, with covered dish suppers, committee meetings, bake sales, building projects, and the like) by taking advantage of the saints' heartfelt desire to do something for God. In the thankful and sincere hearts of God's precious sheep, the false teachers find an almost inexhaustible source of support for their self-gratifying projects as long as they can convince the sheep that the Lord will be pleased with their support. By doing this, these "deceitful workers" rob God's true ministers of much needed funds. Oh, how we need to know God, lest we be found to be supporting those who actually oppose his holines, truth, and power. Child of God, pray!

The key to liberty in Christ is to know God. It is truth that sets us free. How do we attain to the knowledge of the truth? What do we do? Here are a few simple biblical directives:

(1) Maintain a pure conscience (I Tim. 1:19). Be honest with yourself, honestly examining what you believe, in the light of scriptural teachings (II Cor. 13:5). If your conscience is clear, you will be able to hear the voice of the Spirit. Condemnation blinds the heart (Jn. 3:19-21).

(2) Pray in the holy Ghost. We are built up in the faith as we do that (Jude 20, 21). It requires spiritual strength to believe what God says.

(3) In fear and submission, confess your need to God. He already knows your need, of course, but it seems to help us open up to receive his answers once we have confessed our dependancy upon him.

Pray with us here at the Pioneer Tract Society as we pour out our hearts to God for the Church, that he will raise up pastors, evangelists, prophets, etc., after his own heart, who will feed his sheep with knowledge (Jer. 3:15), that we will no longer be a plundered, confused, divided body, but that we might have fellowship one with another, and that the stains of unrighteousness among us may be washed away in the blood of the Lamb (I Jn. 1:7).

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