Bible Land Tours
Volume IX ~ Issue XLVI ~ August 9th, 2009
By: Brian A. Yeager
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Have you gotten brochures from “brethren” advertising the “Bible Land Tours”? Recently I received an email from Mike Willis (of the unauthorized substitution for the local church known as the “Guardian of Truth Foundation”) advertising his tour (Link Here). I also received an ad from Steve Rudd (owner of bible.ca website) advertising his “Israel archaeological travel tour 2009 with members of the Lord’s church, October 26 - November 7, 2009”. According to this advertisement you can, “Spend three half days as a official excavator of some of the most exciting digs in Israel today”!

Steve’s trip has to be the best. In fact, he argues such in the following statements from his email advertisement: “WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP TO ISRAEL UNIQUE: 1. We are visiting 60-70 sites, this is double the number of sites of other ‘tourist tours’. We are actually involved in 3 official excavations under the supervision of the Israeli Antiquities department. 2. Exodus route: Egypt, Alexandria, Pyramids, Mt. Sinai, Kadesh Barnea. 3. Israel: Jerusalem: All over Israel: From Tel Dan, headwaters of the Jordan, to the Negev, temple mount, Pool of Shiloam and ascent stairs to the temple (discovered in 2004), Palace of David. 4. Jordan: Visit Petra, voted one of the 7th wonders of the world! 5. Excavate: Actual Temple mount debris. 6. Excavate: Palace of David in Jerusalem discovered in 2006. 7. Excavate: Shiloh where the tabernacle rested for 300 years (1300-1000 BC). 8. Remember, we are not just visiting these places we are involved in official digs! 9. Access to restricted places NO ONE ELSE gets to go to: Joshua’s Altar at Mt Ebel, Kadesh Barnea in Egypt, climb new candidate for Mt. Sinai: Mount Karkom in the Negev deep inside the Israeli restricted military area. 10. The trip is October 26 -November 7, 2009” (Email from Steve Rudd; June 5, 2009 7:41:27 PM MDT). I wonder, why are preachers pushing these trips when,
there are several troubling things with these trips.

Some Troubling Things With These Trips!


For years “conservative brethren” (something that is embarrassing to be associated with by name for the new conservatism is the old liberalism) have been moving from the Scriptures to sight based things. With Bible Labs, Power Point sermons, coloring books teaching children “Bible stories”, etc., we find that “brethren” are ignorant to the fact that we are to walk by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). At least, that’s what one on the outside would perceive. Yet, like Steve Rudd, most who are promoting these sight-based events also teach against walking by sight (
http://www.bible.ca/s-faith-defined-basics.htm).

Dear reader, all you need to know about the “Bible Lands” is recorded for you in God’s all-sufficient word (Deuteronomy 29:29, Job 32:8, Matthew 4:4, Luke 11:28, Romans 10:17, II Timothy 3:16-17, and II Peter 1:3-4). In the words of Steve Rudd himself, notice: “Sola Scriptura is proven by 2 Timothy 3:16-17. 2 Tim 3:17 says that the scripture will ‘equip us for every good work’. It does not say that scripture will ‘equip us for MOST good works’. It does not say that scripture will ‘equip us PARTIALLY for good works’. The KJV uses the imagery that scripture is able to ‘fully furnish’ us for ever good work. Now imagine you rented an apartment and the ad said it was ‘fully furnished’. When you move in you know what fully furnished means. It has a bed, a couch, a fridge etc. Everything you need to live. If you walked in and it had not dresser drawers to put your clothes in, you would complain that it was not fully furnished! The scripture is able to fully furnish us for EVERY GOOD WORK. In other words, there are no good works that the Bible does not discuss. If we abide with scripture, and scripture alone, we need not look to oral church traditions to learn about any other good works. If we do what the Bible says, God will be happy with us” (http://www.bible.ca/sola-scriptura-anti-refuted-2-timothy-3-16.htm). AMEN STEVE! Where are “Bible Land Tours” in the Bible??? Must not be a good work then, right?

Mike Willis, like Steve Rudd, also believes that faith comes through the Scriptures. Notice what Mr. Inconsistent (Mike Willis) says on this: “Faith, my dear friend, comes through the presentation of the word of God” (
http://truthmagazine.com/archives/volume22/TM022251.html). So, there is only one conclusion to come to, these two men are selling something (a tour of “Bible Lands”) that they themselves indirectly oppose! That makes them false teachers making merchandise of the weak (II Peter 2:1-3).

Another problem with these “Bible Land Tours” is that they leave Christians without a congregation to assemble with on the first day of the week. You see, we cannot brownbag (sack lunch) the Lord’s Supper. Faithful Christians understand that assembling with the local church is essential in the partaking of the Lord’s Supper on every first day of the week (Acts 20:7 and I Corinthians 11:18-34). No preacher or faithful Christian would ever plan a trip that moves them from the possibility of assembling with FAITHFUL saints on the first day of the week (Hebrews 10:24-25; cf. Matthew 6:33)! Beyond that, the brownbag plan of Willis and company substitutes the local church with a campsite mentality wherein the family of the God and His true work is temporarily set up for the convenience of those pretending to establish a one week local church! WOW! Doesn’t that just make you sick? Why is it that these pretentious preachers have no conscience? Why don’t those planning to go on these trips ever question what saints they’ll sing with (Ephesians 5:19), pray with (I Corinthians 14:15), support the local work with (I Corinthians 16:1-2), learn with (Acts 20:7), be edified with (Ephesians 4:16), commune with (I Corinthians 10:16-17; 21), etc.? Answer: THEY DON’T CARE!

Conclusion


For being a people who “speak where the Bible speaks and remaining silent where the Bible is silent” (cf. I Peter 4:11), our “brethren” sure do a lot we don’t read about in the Bible. That in itself is a huge problem we all should have with “Bible Land Tours”. If God wanted us to do so, He would have told us to (II Samuel 7:1-7). It’s too bad that more are interested in trips to see than are interested in their Bibles to really see!