THE END THEREOF
by Dr. J. Vernon McGee:
Examples of several men's life endings:
Graham: A disastrous end
In 1948 Billy Graham held his first evangelistic crusade in a tent in downtown Los Angeles, California. A Lutheran minister near by told my cousin that she should stay away from Graham's crusade because he was dangerous and a Communist. This false accusation was because Billy Graham started out preaching the Gospel, and he preached that you could be a church member and still go to hell. That message terrified dead beat Lutheran pastors.
Crusade followed crusade as the years went by. Billy Graham was asked by Fundamental Bible church pastors to come to Chicago with a crusade in the 1950s. He responded eagerly, and the Fundamental Bible believing pastors who invited him started preparing for the crusade. Graham sent his advance team people ahead to organize. These men went around Chicago making deals with liberal dead beat denominational churches. The Fundamental Bible believing pastors were told bluntly that they would have to work with the dead denominations or leave the crusade event. They left. Graham went on and on working with deader and deader leaders. His first music man was George Beverly Shea who sang the old Rodeheaver style of pain hymns that exalted Jesus Christ. In the end Graham used godless animals like Johnny Cash.
I saw Graham's works in Kenya during my high school days. It was very depressing to see how Graham brought about, by stealth, the gross compromise of the narrow way with the broad way. When Billy Graham left Nairobi, Kenya, the Bible based churches were permanently trapped in a bond of compromise with the World Council of Churches. Graham had master minded this treachery, and he boasted of such disasters, right around the world, as if he was doing God a big favor. His finale for Satanic ecumenism was his Lausanne Conference on World Evangelism, which brought together every filthy bird from around the world.
Today, Billy Graham is approaching the end of his life. But, his last appearance with 33rd degree Freemason Robert Schuler was the high point of Graham's career. Graham told Schuler that he believed that Buddhists who were sincere would be accepted by God, even if they had not believed in Jesus Christ. Graham also said he did not believe there was a real hell.
So, Billy Graham has NOT ended the way he started. He started out preaching the plain Gospel, and he ended by blaspheming the Gospel and teaching heresy. What a wicked way to end one's life.
Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.
Van Impe: A disastrous
One day Van Impe realized that he might have a bigger target for the Gospel message if he went on the radio. He was right. His radio ministry grew, and the cash also started flowing better. Later, he experimented with teaching prophecy. The audience grew by leaps and bounds and the cash started pouring in. Finally, Van Impe determined that if he altered the prophetic teaching on the Whore of Revelation, and if he had soft words for the Pope, he might get Catholics in his following. It worked, and the cash flowed even harder. Then, Paul Crouch seduced Van Impe and offered him a place on TBN. Van Impe was warned that he would never again speak against the terrors of Rome. Crouch demands a formal agreement to lay off the Pope. Van Impe has thus ended his days in the pocket of a devil, Paul Crouch, and we now must question his very salvation, for the man has never been chastened by God for his defection to Satan's forces.
Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
Vernon McGee: Faithful to the end
Atwood: Faithful to
Rudy Atwood moved along to Youth For Christ. He played for the rallies at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles for some years, and then Roy McKewin of Youth For Christ went for the sloppy kiss Christianity which brings in the numbers and saves no one. Rudy Atwood moved on again. He went from ministry to ministry, leaving behind many who would not stay on the narrow way. The last I heard, Rudy Atwood was 94 and teaching piano at Fairhaven College in Michigan, a very narrow Baptist school. Rudy never left the King James Bible behind as he migrated his way along the narrow way. Today, Rudy Atwood may well be with his Lord in the Glory, but he remains the very icon of Christian piano accompaniment for the narrow way. He is the God-blessed answer to Hovie Lister and Henry Slaughter and their Southern Gospel bookie manure.
I must reminisce a bit. I was about ten years old, and Charles D. Fuller used to record the Old Fashioned Revival Hour in the Long Beach Auditorium in California. My folks took me once to the Sunday afternoon meeting. We sat in the balcony, and still recall watching Rudy Atwood playing before the meeting began. He was all over the piano making glorious music. But, as he played, one by one, church musicians would come up and start talking with him. He would give 100% concentration to each one, chatting, making humor, and giving hints to making good music. Meanwhile; he never missed a note or botched a run. I was in awe of the man, and so have been many of you, I dare say. He was common as an old shoe, but he did what God gave him to do, and did it well, AND in fellowship with only those on the narrow way.
The Moral End:
Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through
What does the Bible teach us about our end?
19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter
23:18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in
spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
23:10 Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel?
Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!
8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that
he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter
Samuel 2:26 Then Abner called to Joab, and said, Shall the sword devour for ever?
knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end? how long shall
it be then, ere thou bid the people return from following their brethren? 27 And
Joab said, As God liveth, unless thou hadst spoken, surely then in the morning
the people had gone up every one from following his brother.
42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:
also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came there unto
him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance
before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted
him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave
him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold. 12 So the LORD blessed
the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep,
and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
41:21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith
the King of Jacob. 22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen:
let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and
know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. 23 Shew the things
that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or
do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. 24 Behold, ye are of
nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold
that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour
and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in
whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable
and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
souls. 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently,
who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Corinthians 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which
is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in
all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed
in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ: 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless
in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the
end of those things is death. 22 But now being made free from sin, and become
servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord,
for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them
happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end
of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping,
that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction,
whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly
22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it,
and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and
buy one. 37 For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished
in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning
me have an end.
1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand:
I made these verses into a list of steps a Bible believer can use to reach a happy ending in Jesus Christ. How do you measure up?
Here is a glorious promise to the faithful saint.
29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts
of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call
upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And
ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
What has God called you to do? Whatever it is, do it faithfully, stop worrying who approves, and end on high ground. If you have cooled off in your zeal for Jesus Christ, decide right now that you will not end that way.