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  • Beware the teachings of Stewart C. Best

    Below is a scanned image of his Newsletter. It comes out Bi-Monthly and today we will look at the April/May 1995 issue

     

     

    In this issue of Search the Scriptures we will be examining the teachings of Stewart Best and his "Narrow Way Straight Gate" teachings found in the issue pictured above. We intend to bring to light that Stewart Best teaches another Way, another Jesus, and another Gospel, which there is none.

    How I Came Upon This New Way

    When I first heard the teachings of "The narrow way straight gate", I thought that it was being misrepresented. The brother that shared it with me made Jesus seem so distant, instead of living in the hearts of those who are saved. I let it go for a few months until I heard the teaching again from a brother that I have always believed was practically doctrinally infallible. Well, when I heard the teaching he was now embracing, I knew in my heart that something was terribly wrong. Not only that, I was devastated to think that a man so called by God and so doctrinally sound could be that off when it comes to what he had once taught and believed for so many years. What came to my remembrance was a scripture that Paul had said under the anointing of the Holy Spirit to the Galation Church. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." Paul included even himself in this criteria. I immediately started to do some investigating and found out that Stewart C. Best and his newsletter "The Christian Intelligence Scanner" was behind the spreading of this heretical doctrine. I got a few copies of the CIS newsletter given to me, by the Grace of God, and I could not believe what I was reading. The junk in this newsletter was so stupid, that seriously, I am suprised that God has brought me to this place in starting a newsletter with my first issue exposing the unfruitful works of darkness in the teaching of this nonsense. So bear with me, as I walk you through some embarrassing drawings and teachings of another last days, falling away, teaching that is meant to replace our faith in His finished work for salvation.

    The Restoration Of Something That Never Was.

    The "Narrow Way Straight Gate" teaching starts in the garden. This is where Mr. Best starts to build his foundation for this new way. Even though Godís Word says "And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written,....." Mr. Best goes way above what is written of man in Godís Word, and even has it all figured out scientifically. Not only does he know the DNA and genetic make up of what brought about manís fall in the garden, but he even knows the genetic make up that brought about the creation of our Lord Jesus Christ. You heard it right, If it were not for this genetic make up that brought about this created Jesus we would all still be in our sins. As a matter of fact, you do not even have to know how to read, Because he has drawings, from everything to what agape love looks like in a graph form, the two sides of the fruit in the garden, and even the missing sperm of Joseph in the genetic make up of Jesus. But we will get to the drawings latter.

    You see Stewart Best teaches that prior to the fall of man, man was one with God, even though the Bible does not say this. He teaches that man, prior to the fall, because he was made in the image of God, was agape love. Even though the Bible doesnít say this. Some how he believes that a reflection takes on the same nature of that which it is reflecting. We are made in the image of God, that does not mean we take on his nature and become love which the Bible says God is. If that were the case we would be godís. But this is the lie that Satan deceived Eve with in the garden. This is the strawman that Stewart builds his doctrine from in that this supposed lose of the agape love that we were, now has to be restored. It can only be restored through a death experience which happens when we walk the "Narrow Way Straight Gate" and fully die to self. Then and only then will we attain to the agape love that we once were prior to the fall. Donít be fooled with the terminology. Just like all other false teachings, Satanís teachings take on the terminology of the religion that surrounds them. "Narrow Way Straight Gate" is not an exception. It to has the terminology of Christianity, but is far from Christian. We as Christians, especially in these last days need to find out what people mean when they tell us something that might even sound Biblical. Born again to us means being born of Godís Spirit. In Catholicism Born again is being baptized into the Catholic Church. In the New Age movement it means something else. Stewart Bestís, death to self is not what takes place when we become saved by Godís grace, through faith in His Sonís, death, burial, and resurrection. It is not the death that takes place when we become new creatures in Christ through salvation and the old is passed away the moment we receive His Holy Spirit. But it is an experience, after salvation that brings about the attaining to the agape love that we supposedly once were. His "Narrow Way Straight Gate" is not Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and Jesus the Gate by where the sheep go in and out. It is a endless path that one takes to come to a soul death, where self fully dies, so that one may attain to the agape love that he once supposedly was prior to the fall. The Bible says while we are in this flesh that there will be a struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. Denying self is a daily process that is done by abiding in, and trusting Christ. We are to mortify the deeds of the body through the Spirit. We do this through faith. We walk by Faith. As a matter of fact this is how we live

    "The Just shall live by Faith" .

    Here are some actual scanned articles from his newsletters teaching on the nature of man prior to the fall.

     

    Man was love! God and man were one! One in union, one in mind and heart, one in purpose! Was it Godís purpose, mind, and heart that we sin against Him, or was it our rebellion to His Word? Sorry Stewart you might be sincere, but I am afraid you are sincerely wrong. God the Father and Jesus are One. But I donít see any mention in the scriptures of man being one with God prior to the fall. It sounds to me like Mr. Best is making a god out of man.

    Mr. Best also states that "The only image that God concerns Himself with in the process of salvation is the image of agape". This is an awesome statement. The only image God concerns Himself with is not mentioned once throughout all the scriptures. We find in Romans 8:29 that we are to be conformed to the image of His Son, but I challenge anyone to show me anywhere in the scriptures, that we were once agape prior to the fall and that this state of being is required to obtain salvation. When I read the scriptures I am constantly being pointed to Jesus and His love, Whom the Bible says I am complete in, through faith in His Word. By faith in Jesus we have salvation. Nothing to attain to, and nothing to experience, apart from faith in what He completed on the cross.

    The Misrepresentation in the Meanings of Agape and Phileo Love

    Another straw-man that is resurrected by Mr. Best, is his teachings of agape and phileo love. He states "The love of man went from unconditional and pure agape, to totally conditional, and impure phileo." Also that "our love is conditional and branded as being evil by the Lord...." And last but definitely not least, he also says "We are to undergo a love change. We must be changed from phileo back to agape" He must mention the word agape at least 300 times in this one news letter. Never mind how many times he mentions the "Narrow Way Straight Gate ". If he lifted up faith in the finish work of the Cross half the time that he mentions "Narrow Way Straight Gate " he would be at least half right. And another thing Jesus never branded our love as evil but mankind himself as evil.

    Back to this strawman. I myself am not a Greek scholar. As a matter of fact I had trouble passing high school, as you can tell by my grammar, but I do have a Strongs Concordance and The King James Bible. This is what I have found concerning the meanings of these two words in the Greek.

    -In the Strongs the meaning for agape is G25 agape, ag-ap-ah'-o; perh. from agan (much) [or comp. H5689]; to love (in a social or moral sense):--(be-) love (-ed). Comp. G5368. (Its Strongs # is G25)

    -The Strongs meaning for phileo is, fil-eh'-o; from G5384; to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while G25 is wider, embracing espec. the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much as G2309 and G1014, or as G2372 and G3563 respectively; the former being chiefly of the heart and the latter of the head); spec. to kiss (as a mark of tenderness):--kiss, love.

    The Strongs says that these two words stand very much related. These definitions are in direct opposition to what Mr. Best teaches they mean. Mr. Best seems to think that agape love is Gods love which is 100% pure. But this is where it really gets distorted. His definition of phileo love is a selfish, evil, impure, conditional, false love. If there is such a thing. I will say it again, I donít see anywhere in scripture anything to do with two types of love, one evil, and one good. Or that we need to undergo some sort of love change. Why is this teaching left out of the Bible if it is truth? It is because it is a lie, straight and not narrowly from the pit of Hell. In one of his drawings he states that the "Phileo love children are Sons of Satan" and even has a picture of Satan looking down on these words. I will tell you what. If the word phileo means evil, sons of Satan, then God needs to change what His word says about His love for Jesus and us in the Bible. In Rev. 3:19 it says "As many as I love (phileo), I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. In John 20:2 it says "Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved (phileo)....... In John 5:20 it says "For the Father loveth (phileo) the Son, and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel." As a matter of fact the Bible says that Jesus loved Lazereth with this supposed wicked love and there are other references to this supposed satanic love being used by Godly men in the Bible. Someone is being very deceptive and I think it stinks. Here is a message for anyone that thinks that phileo love is not acceptable before God "If any man love (phileo) not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha." 1 Cor 16:22


    The Created, Cursed at Birth Jesus of Stewart Best

    This is definitely the part of the "Narrow Way Straight Gate" of Stewart Best that bothers me the most. His teachings of Who and what Jesus is. After Mr. Best goes into his extra Biblical teaching of the genetic makeup of man he uses it as a bases to show how God brought about his greatest creation, Jesus. Iím sorry, But I am going to say it again. I can not find in the scriptures that Jesus was created. Not Him, not even his body parts. As a matter of fact, I can't find it in any of the Greek words in the Strongs. I have looked in countless study Bibles and have yet to find anything being taught like what Mr. Best is teaching. I am sure that if I looked into the New Age books, Islam, Mormonism or some other cult books that I would find some author to agree with Mr. Best. That seems to be where these teachings need to be categorized. In the category of the cults. After all, as we will prove, Best is bringing Jesus down to being a created man, cursed at birth, and making man God. Mr. Best has it all figured out, right down to the DNA and genetic makeup of how God produced this created, cursed at birth, Jesus. What is amazing is how double-minded Stewart Best himself is on his teachings of this other Jesus. At first he goes into intricate detail of how God kept the sperm of Joseph from the egg of Mary to create this Jesus. Supposedly the sperm of man carries the knowledge of good and evil in it, and is cursed. He teaches it got into the DNA structure through ingestion of the good and evil fruit. This sperm was kept from the Holy egg of Mary. You see he teaches that the egg of the woman is holy and pure prior to the male injecting his cursed seed into it. Even though he himself admits that women can pass germs, disease and genetic defects through their egg and blood. Bear with me we are almost there. "Its very simple" says Best repeatedly. When God kept this one egg of Maryís from the evil seed of the sperm of Joseph, out popped a Jesus. After going into such an elaborate teaching on how this is the only way that God could have brought about our redemption, through this holy genetic smorgasbord, in the same paragraph, he pronounces Jesus cursed at birth, because He came through the woman, which he just got finished elaborating had the Holy egg and was kept from the cursed sperm. This is what I mean by being double minded. Hopefully scientist donít figure out how to fertilize the egg without the sperm or we will have Stewarts cursed Jesus's all over the place. What ever happened to the teaching that God was manifested in the flesh. That He took on humanity for our sakes. This stuff is garbage. Tell me, was it the ingestion of the fruit, or was it our rebellion to Godís Word, that the Lord was concerned with? What suprised me most in all this is that my brothers and sisters are accepting this. I have brothers and a sister who think that I have evil motives for exposing this blasphemous teaching. I pray that if you are reading this now that you will understand that I long for those who are caught up in this to come back to the only Way and the only Gate, Jesus. I have always respected the callings in Christ that these people once had, and know that the whole body of Christ had, and would, benefit if they would humble themselves and repent of their pride. The reason I think that it is pride that needs to be repented of, is because I do not see how anybody could read this junk by Stewart Best, knowing the true God and what His Word says, and believe this slop. I truly do love you, you know who you are, and I will not cease to pray for you no matter what. I apologize to the rest of my readers but even Jesus taught of leaving the 99 to save the one and I have three friends bound to this lie. The Best way to proceed with this from here is to go straight to the scanned images of his "Narrow Way Straight Gate" teachings and show everything I have just talked about when it comes to this Jesus that Stewart Best teaches. Please read each article carefully and decide for yourselves if this Holy egg, and sperm with the knowledge of good and evil, is what you get from reading your Bible.


    Where in the Bible does it say that Jesus had trouble understanding His apostles and those around Him? I thought the Bible said he knew what was in man. I thought it said that he knew their thoughts and their hearts. This created, cursed at birth Jesus is not the God I serve. The God I serve searches the hearts of men and knows what is in man, and what is in man is a desperate need and dependency for Jesus, (Not the Jesus that is taught by Best).

    Everything presented so far seems to show that Mr. Best builds his teachings off extra-biblical, unproved, false foundations, which explained by him once is enough to continue building more false construction, till what you end up with is a building that is fit for no one to live in, and should have been condemned in the blue print stage.

    Learning about Agape can sure be expensive

    Thank God for the ministries that are not into sharing the precious treasures of the Gospel for a profit. The Bible does say in 1 Cor 9:14 "Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.". A living can be made from preaching the Gospel, but I donít think God was talking about the extremely gross profit that is being made by selling amateur videos at sky-rocket prices. I mean, how much does it cost to film a man sitting in front of a video camera, teaching heresy. Is it the mass production of the tapes that cost so much? Or is it that maybe only a few people would be sucked into paying $39.95 for a two hour video, or $59.95 for a four hour video, of teachings that are as whacked out as "Narrow Way Straight Gate", and the "American Babylon Connection". I guess Stewart has to jack up the prices to make up for all those phileo love people who are discerning enough not to have anything to do with Mr. Best. I guess only God and Mr. Best know who is really doing the deceiving and being deceived. From what I have seen and heard, Stewart gets his disciples sold into believing his extra biblical teachings, and then begins to charge outrages prices for his slop. Ministries like David Wilkerson and Tex Marrs encourage people to reproduce their products for free, to give to a friend. Somebody seems concerned to get the truth out. Jeremiah Films charges around $20.00 for their Videos, and they are produced by professionals, and it shows in the video. If Mr. Best was so concerned with all these "converted but not regenerated" Christians that are damned with phileo love, and sons of Satan, you would think that he would reduce the price of this new way to Heaven that only he has been given the revelation of. (We will briefly explain his misrepresentation of conversion and regeneration in our conclusion)

    Ridiculous Drawings

    I will let Stewarts drawings speak for themselves. In them you will get a better idea of the impossible salvation that Stewart teaches through his "Narrow Way Straight Gate" teachings, and the teachings on his "Love Connection". We will be back in two and two. This is serious stuff, so try not to laugh.

    These pictures were taken from parts one and two in the CIS Newsletter of

    "the Narrow Way Straight Gate" teaching

    Where is this in the Bible? Is this the Gospel that saves or another?

    Here we have the making of Stewart Bestís Jesus. Yes, that is Joseph's evil sperm, and on the right is the Holy egg of Mary. By the way the round thing with the arrows is agape love. In this instance it is Jesus, but don't be fooled, it could also be man prior to the fall, or after he finishes the "Narrow Way Straight Gate". Are we confused yet?

    Here is a depiction of the two sides of the fruit. Just like love it has a good and evil side? Donít start looking for this teaching in the Bible just yet. I want you to finish this newsletter before the Rapture.

    At the top of this drawing Mr. Best Quotes one of the most frequent quoted scriptures concerning our salvation. But then he denies it by making salvation not by Grace, through Faith but at the end of his teaching on the "Narrow Way Straight Gate" From the looks of it even this poor little guy did not make it through the impossible way that is being taught by Mr. Best.

    How come nobody seems to make it to the agape love side? Stewart seems to put up a lot of barriers. The agape love barrier in this drawing is keeping everyone from getting to the next barrier that Stewart will think of in his next issue of CIS. The man up top is +7.5 good. Whatever that means. Does not Godís Word say that no one is good, no not one? Oh well

    For all you that never new what agape looked like, well this is it.

    As you see a vast majority of Christians according to Best end up in the Lake of Fire. I would like to ask Stewart Best one question. Has he himself attained to this agape? If so, what does he need Jesus for? Jesus taught about abiding in Him through faith. (John 15:1-7) Through faith, Jesus is our Righteousness, and our Agape. It is all imputed to us through Faith. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"(Eph 1:3 KJV)

    Is Best not teaching the attaining to some experience whereby Jesus is no longer necessary? I know you wonít see Mr. Best state that Jesus no longer becomes necessary, (I hope not any way) but that sure seems like the conclusion in this love change. (To be self sufficient). Anybody that is confident they have attained to this love change and fully died to self, I think needs to come down off the throne and humble themselves, and put their confidence in the agape love that God has already given to us in His Son Jesus Christ.

    This drawing shows Stewart at his Best. No pun intended. This is his teaching in a nutshell. The only problem is, we need it to be found in the Bible, not a nutshell. And it will take you as long as this poor little guy that never gets off the ground to find Stewart Bestís "Narrow Way Straight Gate" teaching in the Bible.

    How come there is no mention in the Bible?

      1. If the DNA and genetic make up of man are necessary to preach the Gospel, how come there is no mention of it in scripture?

      2. If the only difference between us and Jesus is a genetical one, How come there is no mention of it in scripture, and why didnít the apostles have this DNA revelation of evil sperm and Holy eggs.

      3. If this restoration of agape was so important, a difference between ending up in Heaven or Hell, how come it is not mentioned once in the Bible.

      4. If this distinction in love, phileo and agape, is as vital as salvation itself how come there is no mention in the scriptures of this love distinction.

    Conclusion

    There is so much more that Stewart Best teaches that should be addressed. I did not even get to talk about his play on the words, conversion and regeneration, that was mentioned earlier. You see, when you first get saved you are converted, but this is only a turning process that puts you on his "Narrow Way Straight Gate". At the end of this "Narrow Way Straight Gate" a death experience takes place, whereby you become regenerated into his teaching of the restoration of agape. Which, as you now know now, we were prior to the fall. Through the play on the words conversion and regeneration salvation becomes a two phase process whereby he sets up more barriers to keep the Saints out of Heaven. It never ends Saints. There is a better Way, Jesus said "It is Finished." Trust in Him alone.

    If I were to do this thoroughly it would take a book, a movie, and a sequel, to show in detail all of the gross mistakes made in the extra Biblical, teachings of this man. In this small newsletter, all we really had a chance to do was touch base on areas where Godís Word, His Nature, and His gospel were violated in ways where there is no room for compromise.

    Even Stewart Best seems to think that these new teachings will be branded as heresy, works salvation, another Gospel, and another Christ. In his own words in this same newsletter he states, concerning the teachings of "Narrow Way Straight Gate", "We can brand them as WORKS. We can raise our fist in anger and claim it is all Heresy, A NEW GOSPEL WITH ANOTHER CHRIST.............."

    I donít think I could have put it better myself, thanks Stewart.

    (Mat 23:13-15 KJV) "But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. {14} Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. {15} Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."

    (2 Cor 11:3 KJV) "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ."

    Q&A from Dave Hunt Berean Call Nov 1994

    Man was made in the Godís "image" (Gen 1:26-27). An image is reflected in something such as a mirror. Being like a mirror of Godís glory, man was intended to reflect a reality other than his own. .... If the reflection is distorted, it is because the mirror is no longer in a right relationship with the one whose image it is to reflect. ...... Man is totally dependant upon God, having been created to reflect the character of God, and not some goodness or power of his own

     

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