91. Beware the hypocrite who berates his diaconate - but can't answer the questions!
Richard Lewis : OK! Thank you! Roger?
[Roger Wheelhouse finally had his opportunity to reveal the contempt he felt for the Body of Calvary Baptist Church and every word he spoke is included here - nothing has been omitted]
Roger Wheelhouse : "I think what I find so sad tonight, and so difficult, is the fact that I thought we were here to discuss David Williams, and we've spent two hours and twenty minutes, discussing the pastor. I am confused. And it seems - if I was David Williams - I would be very satisfied with my night's work. Because I have come in tonight to destroy a fellowship, and I would be going home rejoicing. You've done well - well done. (heavy sarcasm!)
[Sarcasm cannot hide the evidence that Wheelhouse refused to address any of his personal and spiritual attacks on the fellowship, and use of knowledge of people's past to damage relationships. The Holy Spirit doesn't dig around in your past, but reveals your sin and then points you to Jesus (John 16:8-14). Satan's ploy is the opposite, for he drags up your past, as in the Inner Healing type programmes which Calvary Baptist Church had been tainted with for many years, to keep you in depression which causes you to take your eyes off the Lord and concentrate on your own failings and miseries. The Wheelhouse's had seriously damaged the church, but still tried to deflect the damage they caused onto others.]
Roger Wheelhouse : I want to say, in answer to David's letter, that first of all I was disturbed that Matthew 18 wasn't adhered to - I've got to say that, I know it's been said by others, but I've got to say it. So forgive me for saying that. I'm saddened that such a letter, with all its misguided, misrepresented facts, complete lack of love, character assassination - should have dictated this meeting. I'm saddened that I have leadership, in this church, that has been so pathetic (voice breaking with emotion), that it's allowed for this to take place, tonight. And even for me to sit here - [Richard Lewis attempted to interject to save Roger from damaging himself further] - or to sit there. I'm going to have my say, I'm going to have my say! I've waited two hours and twenty minutes for this (shouting angrily) - [Richard Lewis, "Please folks"] I've got to say it - that I am saddened that the leadership have allowed this letter to take root. And to use it as an opportunity to share all the things that you've wanted to share over the last few years. That you've come in on the shirt-tails of this letter. I don't think that's appropriate, and I think that lacks a spirituality of a leadership that I thought Calvary had - and should have! And what it deserves.
[Again, the feeble attempt to misuse Matthew 18 to duck the issues of his sermon messages and abuse of the flock! We will see if he can explain away what he calls 'misguided, misrepresented facts.' For him to accuse others of a 'complete lack of love' and 'character assassination' after the way he has treated people takes the gall of an unrepentant, practiced liar. His attack on the 'leadership' follows the revelation about his treatment of them, yet he is still so wilfully and arrogantly blind as to his own failings that I cannot believe that this is a man in control of himself. It is no surprise that Bonnie Jones testified (privately!) that he would go into his office and bang his head against the wall and that the marks were clearly visible for all to see. This is not the normal behaviour of a man mature enough to be a pastor, or even the tantrums of a two year old, but more like one whom Satan is controlling. This leadership Wheelhouse calls 'pathetic' has had to wait, as he put it, 'an opportunity to share all the things that you've wanted to share over the last few years' because this man kept them in cowed submission for all this time!. Yes, they did 'come in on the shirt-tails of this letter' - but how else was this vile treatment to come out into the open otherwise? Since the Baptist Union support this man and his ministry, perhaps they can answer this question: why have the deacons who ignored Matthew 18, when they came in on the 'shirt-tails' of a letter, not been disciplined for failing to follow this Scripture? I'm still waiting for an answer to this question from Calvary Baptist Church and their 'Moderator' Evans. How could Wheelhouse state: 'I don't think that's appropriate, and I think that lacks a spirituality of a leadership that I thought Calvary had - and should have! And what it deserves.'? Another question Calvary Baptist Church needs to answer - how on earth did you misread this man so badly that you stood up in a meeting where details of his abuse were shown to be abundant, and then state, one after another, that 'God wanted Roger here . . . God wants us to do something marvellous here together'! Speaking falsely for God is a serious matter! Where is this man now? Time is the enemy of the deceiver and the deceived!]
92. Beware anyone preaching a gospel other than that brought by Christ and His apostles
Roger Wheelhouse : In answer to the heresy - I want to say, 'Who says?' Because it seems to me, that David has set himself up to say that anybody who speaks of an interpretation of Scripture different to his, then it's heresy. I am confused by that.
[There is only one gospel and the major doctrines that emanate from the Word of God do not contradict each other. Nowhere did I ask for anyone to compare Wheelhouse's teachings with anything but Scripture--and nowhere did I say that anybody coming up with an interpretation different to mine made it heretical. Wheelhouse even contradicted himself in his own sermons, particularly by stating that we should not preach keeping the law to people because it could possibly make them 'ten times worse' - and then preaching 'keep the commandments' to be a disciple. If one is correct then the other cannot be correct. Logic determines that you cannot be both 'a' and 'non-a'!]
93. Beware the Antinomian view which leads to lawless behaviour
Roger Wheelhouse : I want to say that the two sermons that were listed were completely misrepresented and misunderstood. He quotes all the business about the law, and quotes about "ten times worse" and I want to read Romans 7:12: 'I found the very commandment that was intended to bring life, actually brought death.' So, if the law doesn't make you ten times worse - I don't know what does, because it brings death? I want to say to you that law reveals the sin - and that's what makes us feel worse. But, because it doesn't save, it leaves us in our sins. And the whole point of that sermon was to show, as Paul did, the move from law to grace, and the gospel. I understand David's tension, because in the Word there is a constant tension between law and grace. I have found it here in this church with some of the issues that we've had to discuss over the two years. The whole tension of the place of law and the place of grace. It's a tension, as I've said, time and time again - we have to live with. You can't swing over one to the other.
[This again shows Wheelhouse's confusion, and I told him at this point that he had confirmed to me his Antinomian position. Wheelhouse tries to correct himself with his statement: 'law reveals the sin - and that's what makes us feel worse…But, because it doesn't save, it leaves us in our sins', while still inferring that there is a problem with the law - which there is not! Antinomians are infamous for their misuse of the law and the contemporary church has fallen into the trap of following the world in its lack of absolute morals because of this attack on the Law of God. Wheelhouse follows many adherents of Antinomianism in slanderously misconstruing God's grace in Christ as a licence to sin, which he projects in his abusive 'pastoral ministry'. The Apostle Paul (Romans 6-7) answered such critics before this heresy ever got off the ground. However, this has not prevented the re-emergence of the heresy known as Antinomianism, derived from a Greek word meaning 'against law' or the equivalent in English: 'lawlessness'. The relationship of the Christian to the law of God is the contentious point of any discussion with Antinomians - most of whom do not recognise that their view weakens the Christian message by its failure to correctly address sin.
Paul addressed the true relationship between law and grace in chapters 6 and 7 of his Epistle to the Romans, where he obliterated the view that salvation by grace encourages sin. By arguing that the Christian has died to sin once and for ever because Christ has rescued him from its dominion and service, he makes it clear that we are now risen as a 'new creation' (Galatians 6:15) in Christ and in a new realm of righteousness. The 'born again' nature now hates sin and loves holiness. The out-workings of the life of 'pastor' Wheelhouse speak of one who is not familiar with this concept. The Apostle John could not have made this clearer:
'No-one who is born of God will continue in sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he has been born of God' (1 John 3:9).
Holiness is now the general nature of the Christian's life and he lives his new life in the Spirit, a life which increasingly reflects Christ's own essential purity. Further, Paul argues, Christians who were once in the grip of the "'god of this world (Satan!)" (1 John 5:19), and therefore slaves of Satan and of sin, are now the slaves of righteousness and of God. There is no alternative route, for men are either enslaved to sin, which leads to death, or else they are Christ's bond-slaves and possessors of eternal life. Those who are sin's slaves thereby declare that they are not Christians at all.
94. Beware rejecting Orthodoxy for Heterodoxy
Paul makes it clear that Christians are now married to Christ. Watchman Nee attempted to clarify this point by emphasizing that marriage to Mr Law is now replaced with marriage to Mr Grace! I know of many who have struggled to understand Nee's decidely mystical writings, just as they ignore the warnings of Martin Luther, who heard the Antinomians claim that 'the Ten Commandments were no rule of life for the believer.' Luther quickly labelled the heresy 'a blasphemous impiety' and, more recently, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones described it as 'one of the most subtle, dangerous heresies'. Paul warned the Philippians of those 'who's God is their stomach and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things' (Philippians 3:19) and he cautioned the Corinthians against an Antinomian attitude to incest (1 Corinthians 5-6) - which is why I referred to these passages in emphasizing the Antinomian attitude of Calvary Baptist Church to Wheelhouse's abusive, money-grubbing ministry. The apostle John warned against idolatry and fornication as Peter and Jude wrote against carnal teachers bringing damnable heresies into the church:
'godless men, who change the grace of our God into a licence for immorality … pollute their own bodies … foam up their shame … follow after their own evil desires.'
James clearly warned against those whose 'faith' does not produce works (James 2:20-26), emphasising that their faith is, to say the least, under suspicion. Of course, cultists, such as the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses, misread this passage to claim that your 'good works' aid your passage into eternal life, but in many ways their view that 'Orthodox Christianity' does not have the truth comes out of their observation that so many Christians are living an Antinomian lifestyle! To those who accuse others of not showing 'love' because of their stand against Antinomians such as Wheelhouse, I invite them to some serious witnessing in Cardiff. The Jehovah Witnesses come to our sports stadiums every year. Let God see how much you really care for your fellow man.
I am not surprised at the later attack from Sue Wheelhouse, because those who followed the heretic Agricola's errors asserted that the law was not worthy to be called the Word of God, and all who preached it were 'demon possessed.' Historical records testify to the devastating results of rejecting the laws of God and none better than our contemporary society in Britain. In England in the seventeenth century, John Eaton (often called 'the Father of English Antinomianism') insisted that the law was useless to Christians, either as a rule of life or as a means of self-examination. In the nineteenth century, Antinomianism was supported by J. N. Darby, founder of the factious sect of Exclusive Brethren, and father of modern dispensationalism with its disparagement of law over against grace. The Scofield Bible has also assisted in promulgating this error.
95. Beware those who preach love, but who love lawlessness!
Hot on the heels of the New Age encroachment came the infiltrating false prophets of 'love', who used to regularly turn up in Calvary Baptist Church from their dens around Canton, in Cardiff, preaching 'God is love' and concentrating on a favourite text (Romans 3:8 :'Love one another; for he who loves his fellow-man has fulfilled the law', which they used to explain away their lawlessness! These were applied in the Wheelhouse way - devoid of justice and truth! No wonder the spirit of false love reared its ugly head in this meeting. Perhaps churches in Cardiff remember one of their ring-leaders, Frank Lister, who claimed to have been a pilot, Mathematics teacher, and Bible translator in Africa! He would secretly distribute David 'Moses' Berg ('Children of God', 'flirty fishing', 'hookers for Jesus') tracts while trying to infiltrate churches and Christian homes, and would openly brag about the pastors who befriended him and gave him a roof over his head - perhaps they had never read (2 John 1:9-11):
9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
We interviewed Frank for some hours, during which time he was utterly contradictory, particularly when Zoë insisted he tell her 'in whose authority he had come.' He insisted that 'his government sent him' and that 'he used to believe what Christians believe - but had now 'matured beyond that!' 'Gnostics' have always been both in the church and lurking outside striving to deceive believers with their false maturity which they try and present as higher spirituality.
Those who put 'love' in opposition to law reject the objective law of God in favour of their own subjective impressions which they present as correct moral behaviour. Having no absolute morals they prove by their actions that 'love' can condone virtually any sin. Instead of fulfilling the law, they unashamedly break it and mimic the blatant immorality of such Antinomians as David 'Moses' Berg and his 'Family of Love,' claiming that 'God's only law is love,' and therefore 'I don't have to keep the Ten Commandments! All Is have to do is love and do whatever I do in love.' Those who are led by demons, as Berg was, finish up banging their heads against brick-walls, as demonically inspired Wheelhouse did in his study (see the testimony of Bonnie Jones!)
It is clear that there is law in the life of grace just as there was grace in the giving of the law. The law is so much a part of the Christian life that the apostle John insisted that those who do not keep God's law have no reason to suppose that they are Christians at all (1 John 2v3-7):
3. And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 7 Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.
Dr Martin Lloyd-Jones also addressed the issue in this way: 'If the "grace" you have received does not help you to keep the law, you have not received grace' (Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn. Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (1959), Vol.1, p.197. Inter-Varsity Fellowship).
It is no surprise to read that God's law was even written on the hearts of those who had not received it on 'tablets of stone' (Romans 2:14):
14. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.
Adam and Eve suffered the consequences of breaking the law, as did Cain, because that Law was written on the hearts of all men, as just proved, and re-iterated powerfully in the time of Moses in order to define and condemn sin (Romans 4:1-14):
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS." 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing upon the man to whom God reckons righteousness apart from works: 7 "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED. 8 "BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT." 9 Is this blessing then upon the circumcised, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say, "FAITH WAS RECKONED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS." 10 How then was it reckoned? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; 11 and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be reckoned to them, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. 13 For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified.
So when Wheelhouse preached 'the 10 commandments', on the 15th November, 1998, was his intention 'to make heirs'? How many times was faith even mentioned? I've recorded it - both times (see Page ff.):
1. 'Not laying again the foundation of repentance, have faith in God, instruction about baptism, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment.'
2. 'A community activity! A witnessing of the faith together!.......HYMN!'
And who are we to have faith in? The cross of Calvary and the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ is not mentioned once. So who is the one in whom we put our faith! This is Wimberism - evangelism without an evangel!
Roman Catholics, and many sects and cults who are also taking their members to 'hell in a handcart', would agree with these quotes. It is the unique offer of the Lord Jesus Christ that separates orthodoxy form heterodoxy and which separates true believers from ecumenism and every other deceiving 'ism.'
Romans 4 continues from verse 15: 'for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, neither is there violation.' So contrary to Wheelhouse's assertion, if we don't mention the Law how can the unsaved know that there is something to be saved from?! The Law won't knock them down as he says because they have nothing to violate! Verse 16 re-emphasises this:
16 For this reason it is by faith, that it might be in accordance with grace, in order that the promise may be certain to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all …'Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned 13 for until the Law sin was in the world; but sin is not imputed when there is no law (Romans 5: 12)
John actually describes sin as 'lawlessness' or 'the transgression of the law' (I John 3:4). To be saved from sin clearly means to be saved from transgressing the law - and thus we must have been enabled to keep it. The Ten Commandments were clearly and obviously applied to God's redeemed people (Exodus 20:1-17). Antinomians have tried to argue that, with the advent of the New Covenant, those commandments must have lapsed, but this is patently untrue for the Lord Jesus Christ declared their perpetual validity (Matthew 5:17-18):
'Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfil them. For I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the law until everything is accomplished'
How can we miss this serious warning against the Antinomian position when Jesus warned and commanded those who practice and teach the law:
'Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven' (Matthew 5:19).
Most Christians will know that Christ rid the commandments of the misinterpretations of the Pharisees and did not say 'unless your righteousness surpasses that of Moses' but 'that of the Pharisees' (Matthew 5:20). Christ showed the essential spirituality of the law and how it is concerned primarily with men's motives, and not merely with their actions. So when God declared, 'You shall not murder,' He also included the source of such sin - unrighteous anger. Again, His clarification of, 'You shall not commit adultery,' made it clear to humanity that the command also demanded the rejection of lustful thoughts that precede adultery! Why did Christ make the commandments harder when He was bringing in the gospel of utter grace, we may ask? Clearly so that the realisation that no man can be justified in the sight of God by his own 'good' works comes home to every sinner - no matter how 'good' he thinks himself to be. Without the law these things would not be exposed - no law, no grace!
Romans 6:14 is a verse that declares that Christians are 'not under law but under grace' - but the apostle means that Christians are not required to keep the Law in order to obtain justification. Since it is spiritually impossible to justify ourselves by works, we must be justified by grace through faith alone. If any obedience of our own rendered to the law could justify, then Christ died in vain (Galatians 2:21). The Law cannot justify, but the fault does not lie in the Law, which is holy, but in man's sin (Romans 7:7-14). Galatians 3:13 asserts that 'Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law'. This has been interpreted by the Wheelhouse's of the world to mean that the Law can do nothing but curse - or 'make us worse!' But here again, Paul is dealing with justification. The Law only pronounces a curse on those who are misguided enough to seek justification by their own 'good' works, and those under conviction of sin may view the Law as a cruel tyrant and taskmaster threatening eternal punishment for failure to do the impossible. However, the converted man should see the curse as a blessing in disguise, for it is the teacher which drove him to the Christ who bore that curse for him! Again, this does not make the Law wrong or bad (who in their right mind would dare to suggest that God's Holy Law is anything but perfect!); it is from the curse of the Law that we are redeemed, not from the Law itself. When Romans 7: 14 says that we died to the Law, it obviously does not mean that the Law died, but that we died to the Law while the Law is very much alive - the change that occurs is not in the Law but in us. Now we have been raised with Christ to new life we should now love the same Law which once we 'hated'! True conversion melts a man's heart to love God's eternal Law so that he now seeks to obey it with every fibre of his being - unless he is truly infected with Antinomianism.
God's promise in the new covenant was to put His Law in the mind and write it on the heart (Jeremiah 31:33), which is why Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians:
'You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts' (2 Corinthians. 3:3).
Antinomians claim, either directly or by inference, that if we have 'love' we do not need any external law to guide us. J. I. Packer wrote: 'Law is needed as love's eyes; love is needed as law's heartbeat. Law without love is Pharisaism; love without law is Antinomianism.' It is no surprise that the congregation affected by Antinomianism should voice the deception through the mouth of members such as Ruth Nelmes who put 'love' of error in front of love of God's Word which frames His Law that all might be saved. The Apostle Paul made this clear:
'He who loves his fellow-man has fulfilled the law. The commandments, 'Do not commit adultery', 'Do not murder', 'Do not steal', 'Do not covet', and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: 'Love your neighbour as yourself ' (Romans 13: 8-10).
How did some members of Calvary Baptist Church fail to recognise this fact: love is essentially obedience to the law. The Apostle John also wrote in the same vein:
'This is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands' (2 John 6).
The fall of Wheelhouse came on a night when feelings ran amok, but Scripture makes it clear that it is not feelings that count but loving action. Martin Luther said this verse described 'the gospel in a nutshell':
'God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son' (John 3:16)
How do we show our love? By our actions as explicitly prescribed by God's holy law, in the words of the apostle Paul:
'Carry each other's burdens, 'and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ' (Galatians. 6:2).
The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said: 'If you love me, you will obey what I command' (John 14:15).
John Wesley wrote, 'Keep close to the law if thou wilt keep close to Christ' and the words are reiterated by Dr Lloyd-Jones, 'Holiness is not an experience you have; holiness is keeping the law of God.'
In his Epistle to the Galatians, Paul asks what purpose was served by the giving of the law, and then answers the question the spirit asks: 'It was added because of transgressions' (Galatians 3:19). This means that one purpose that God had in giving the law - it was certainly not His only purpose - was to keep sin in bounds. This is certainly not the view put about by such as Roger Wheelhouse, who isn't much bothered if people hear that they are 'Sinners In the Hands of An Angry God' (the title of a famous Jonathan Edwards sermon) in case they 'feel ten times worse.' Unfortunately Roger's own behaviour towards others, putting his own ego trip before the opportunity to present the true gospel to non-believers, shows that even those who denigrate the Law are ready to use their own standards to judge others, even declaring a member of his flock to be 'the most evil man I've ever met.'
The Word of God clearly affirms that the law is primarily positive and can be summarised as love to God and to man, but the Ten Commandments contain negative elements which were clearly intended to restrain immoral and criminal behaviour (sin!), something we need to do, as much as ever in human history, in today's lawless society which is not going to look to a wimpish church for guidance. Men are still commanded not to worship false gods, not to kill, not to steal, not to commit adultery, and simply not to do anything else that makes life on earth a problem for our neighbour. So God still comes first, our neighbour second, and self last! The promulgation of clear black and white laws certainly has a deterrent effect, as every government knows - accept the British Government perhaps!