Hislop’s book, like this one by Dr. Lee, is thoroughly documented and footnoted. In it he shows that the old religion of Nimrod (via Egypt and the Greek mysteries) has now found a doctrinal and liturgical home in the religion of Romanism. It is hardly a wonder, after reading Hislop and Lee, that Pentecostalism has made such inroads into Romanism.
One final note. It may be (and has been) objected by some Pentecostalists that because no books or letters written by Montanus survive today — that it is impossible to know exactly what he actually believed, did ,or taught. All we know of Montanus and the Phrygians has been written by those who opposed him.
That is true. What we find in looking at the writings of orthodoxy, however, we find everywhere. Montanus was condemned from every quarter of Christianity. He was excommunicated by churches in Asia Minor; written against from Rome and the rest of Europe; and condemned from Syria and Egypt — over a period that began in his own lifetime and extended for several centuries thereafter. It staggers the imagination to even attempt to conceive of so many independent sources all telling the same lie.
So, this book comes to you with my heartiest recommendation. Doctor Lee’s approach throughout the book, is one of love toward erring brethren. He does not condemn the people who are currently involved in Pentecostalism — but makes it very clear from both Scriptural and historical sources that the doctrines peculiar to Pentecostalism, as well as its practices, are condemned by God and by the entire history of the Christian Church.
It is the responsibility of the Reformed community to explain from Scripture and from Church History exactly where an erring brother has gone wrong — and this is to be done with an eye toward restoring that erring brother to the truth and to fellowship with the rest of the saints (see Matthew 18:15-20). Paul asked the Corinthian Church, "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" [Galatians 4:16 cf. First Corinthians 13:1f & 14:3-20]
This book goes out with that attitude; viz., that we do not become the enemy of someone but indeed his friend and rescuer when we tell the truth. It is hoped that the book will also be received in that spirit.
Richard Bacon 1986
1. In God Himself there is perfect harmony between His speech, His consciousness, and His life. God has always lived; He has always spoken; and He has always thoroughly understood His Own Word.
2. Within the Trinity, the Word has always acted in understanding harmony with His Own Father and His Own Spirit. Matthew 28:19; Second Corinthians 3:14-18; John 1:1-3. This was so before, and at the beginning of, creation.
3. It was still so, during our Earth’s formation week — when our Divine Father consciously shaped this planet through His Word and by His Spirit. John 17:5; Genesis l:l-2f; Psalm 33:6f. It was especially the case when the Three Persons of the Triune God consciously and understandingly conversed with One Another right before creating mankind as God’s Own image (Genesis 1:26f).
4. For God spoke — consciously and understandingly — in order to create man as a living being (Genesis 2:7). Consequently man — God’s image — was therefore originally righteous, holy, and knowledgable. Ecclesiastes 7:29; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10.
5. The unfallen Adam was the first true Prophet of the human race. He was thoroughly conscious whenever he spoke. For he altogether understood the contents of his own speech (cf. Genesis 2:l9f).