Thou Shalt Not Steal
By Dave MacPherson
The appendix youre now reading has in mind literary stealing, commonly known as plagiarism. Websters New Col-lege Dictionary defines plagiarism as passing off as ones own the ideasor words or products of someone else.
Writers who use the ideas or words of others without permission or without giving proper credit are plagiarists.
For starters, lets compare part of a recent Jack Van Impe article in his own publication (The Moment After, Perhaps Today, March/April, 2000, p. 5) with part of a Grant Jeffrey book (Final Warning, 1995, p. 306).
Van Impe wrote: The early Christian writer and poet Ephraim the Syrian (who lived from A.D. 306 to 373) was a major theologian of the early Byzantine Eastern Church. To this day, his hymns and homilies are used in the liturgy of the Greek Orthodox and Middle Eastern Nestorian Churches. He also wrote a large number of commentaries that have never been translated into English.
Match that with what Jeffrey had written earlier: The early Christian writer and poet, Ephraim the Syrian, (who lived from A.D. 306 to 373) was a major theologian of the early Byzantine Eastern Church .To this day, his hymns and homilies are used in the liturgy of the Greek Orthodox and Middle Eastern Nestorian Church .he also wrote a large number of commentaries that have never been translated into English.
Nowhere did Van Impe even mention Jeffrey or his book. And it wasnt the first time he had handled Jeffreys material in this manner!
( Interestingly, even though Paul Alexander---whom Jeffrey described as the most authoritative scholar on the early Byzantines --- viewed Pseudo-Ephraim and not Ephraim the Syrian as the author of the manuscript in which Jeffrey claimed to find pretrib, Jeffrey, copied by Van Impe, continued to refer to only Ephraim the Syrian!)
My 1998 book The Three Rs uncovered, among other things, the massive and embarrassing plagiarism in books authored by some leading prophecy writers, including C. C. Carlson, David Jeremiah, Hal Lindsey, and even the late Merrill Unger!
Additional similarities in print, equally shocking, have been discovered in recent days. On the following pages I will offer comparison quotes from some other influential prophecy books and let you decide who should wear the guilty label.
Jerry Falwell & Friends
Compare George Dollars A History of Fundamentalism in America (1973) with The Fundamentalist Phenomenon (1981), edited by Jerry Falwell with Ed Dobson and Ed Hinson:
Dollar, pp. 93-8: Falwell et al, p. 104:
Harry Emerson Fosdick was Harry Emerson Fosdick was
born near Buffalo, New York on born near Buffalo, New York, on
May 24, 1878 .he attended May 24, 1878. He attended
Colgate, where he revolted Colgate, where he revolted
against orthodox views .at against. . .orthodox teachings.. .
Colgate came under the At Colgate he was influenced by
influence of William Newton William Newton Clarke. . . trans-
Clarke .transferring to Union ferred to Union Seminary and Col-
Seminary and Columbia Univer- umbia University. At Union he
sity .One major influence on was influenced by the importance
Fosdick at Union was the stress of a social consciousness. . . . He
on the social application . He was challenged by the influence
found the social gospel of Rau- of Rauschenbusch, who was the
schenbusch . . . .challenging . . . . pioneer champion of the social
From 1904 to 1915 he was pastor gospel. His preaching utilized
of the Baptist church at Montclair the Bible and extrabiblical sources
, New Jersey .his sermons on in dealing with problems . . From
problem-solving drew from 1904 to 1915 Fosdick was pastor at
within the Bible and outside. . . . the Baptist Church at Montclair,
From 1919 to 1925 he supplied the New Jersey. From 1919 to 1925 he
pulpit of First Presbyterian Church supplied the pulpit of the First
in New York . . . . In May, 1992, Presbyterian Church in New York,
he preached a sermon entitled After his famous sermon in May
Shall the Fundamentalists Win? 1922, Shall the Fundamentalists
. . He resigned from First Presby- Win? he was forced to resign
terian church . . . . From 1925 to from the Presbyterian Church.
1930 Fosdick served the Park Av- From 1925 to 1930 he served at
enue Baptist . . . . Rockefeller was Park Avenue Baptist. In 1930 a
willing to give a large sum for the new church was erected and paid
erection of the new edifice, and by for by John D. Rockefeller: the
1930 the very beautiful Riverside Riverside Church in Morningside
Church was ready in Morning- Heights in Manhattan. The
side Heights in Manhattan . . . . church provided the public
Riverside provided a pulpit for forum for Harry Emerson Fosdick
Harry Emerson Fosdick . . . .The His pulpit ministry was so impres-
National Broadcasting Company sive that the National Broadcast-
was so impressed by his stature ing Company allowed him free
that it gave him free time on time on Sunday afternoon for the
Sunday afternoon for National broadcast of the National
Vespers.. .He retired from Union Vespers. Fosdick retired from
Seminary and Riverside Church in Union Seminary and Riverside
1946. Church in 1946.
Dollar, pp. 217-218: Falwell et al, pp. 126-7
. . .the Baptist Bible Fellowship . Much of the vision and momen-
. .owes its origin to the ministry -tum of the Baptist Bible Fellow-
and inspiration of J. Frank Norris. ship came from the leadership of J.
. . .in the late 1940s serious ten- Frank Norris. During the late
sions arose in the [World Baptist] forties, many of the preachers [in
Fellowship, and several of its the World Baptist Fellowship] be-
younger pastors broke away. . . . gan to experience disillusionment.
Among these were G. Beauchamp . . .a number of men, including
Vick, John W. Rawlings, Noel Vick, John W. Rawlings, Noel
Smith, W. E. Dowell and Scotty Smith, W. E. Dowell . . .and Scottie
Alexander. . . Papers to incorpo- Alexander, left the World Baptist
rate a new school were taken out Fellowship and formed the Baptist
on June 29, 1950. . . In Springfield, Bible Fellowship. . . On June 29
Missouri . . . for the academic  papers were taken out to
year 1971 - 1972 over two open a new school, in Springfield,
thousand were enrolled. . . . the Missouri. . .by 1970 more than
printed voice of the BBF has 2000 were enrolled . . .the Baptist
been the Baptist Bible Tribune Bible Tribune, edited by Noel
with its able and outspoken Smith. This served as the officia
editor, Noel Smith. He has been publication for the newly formed
especially effective in uncovering BBF. Smith devoted his energies
unbiblical teachings among to such matters as error among
Southern Baptists. He has been Southern Baptists, dealing with
equally sharp in his criticisms of communism, the National and
communism, the National and World councils of churches, and
World Councils of Churches, and modernism. Through the years he
Modernism He has been openly also dealt with the issues of Billy
against Billy Grahams evangel- Grahams evangelism
Dollar, pp. 242-3: Falwell et al, pp. 131-2:
Southwide Baptist Fellowship. . . One of the prominent fundamen-
of Fundamental Baptists in the talist influences in the Southeast
Southeastern section of our nation is the Southwide Baptist Fellowship.
owes its origin to a meeting of It was founded on March 20, 1956,
pastors in Highland Park Baptist with 147 charter members at High-
Church in Chattanooga, Tennes- land Park Baptist Church in Chat-
see, on March 20, 1956. . . . There tanooga, Tennessee. This organi-
were 147 charter members. . . .Its zation was designed to provide
purpose was to provide a fellow- fellowship for pastors of funda-
ship for men of Fundamentalist mentalist Baptist convictions. The
Baptist convictions. . .Among the early members of this group in-
first members were such men as cluded Lee Robertson, John R.
Lee Robertson, John R. Rice, Rice, Harold B. Sightler, J.R. Faulk-
Harold B. Sightler, J. R. Faulkner, ner, Wayne Van Gelderen, Norman
Wayne Van Gelderen, Norman G. G. Lemmons, Gene Arnold, Bob
Lemmons, Gene Arnold, Bob Gray, Bob Bevington, and John R.
Gray, Bob Bevington, and John Waters. . .One of the leaders of
R. Waters. . .Lee Robertson of this fellowship has been Lee
Highland Park Baptist has held a Robertson of Highland Park
commanding place of influence in Baptist Church in Chattanooga,
the Southwide Fellowship be- Tennessee. He is pastor of the
cause of the 33,000-member 33,000-member Highland Park
church he pastors and the growth Baptist Church and is founder of
of Tennessee Temple Schools. Tennessee Temple Schools.
..composed of a Bible college, a Currently Tennessee Temple
liberal arts college, and a University includes a Bible
seminary. school, a liberal arts college, and a
Hal Lindseys The Late Great Planet Earth (1970) fol-
lowed by LaHayes The Beginning of the End (1972):
Lindsey, p. 188: LaHaye, p. 12:
In the early centuries, the Chris- Maranatha gained popularity
tians had a word for greeting and in the first century and became a
departing; it was the word common mode of greeting and
Lindsey, pp. 70-1: LaHaye, p. 74:
the Cossacks have always loved The Cossacks still boast of hav-
horses and have been recognized ing the finest horseflesh in the
as producing the finest army of world. . .Russia. . . the supplier of
cavalry in the world . . . the coun- weapons to future invaders of
tries . . . as part of this great army Israel, is today the leading manu-
are already armed with weapons facturer of weaponry.
created and manufactured in
John Walvoords The Blessed Hope and the Tribulation
(1976) followed by LaHayes No Fear of the Storm (1992):
Walvoord, p. 12: LaHaye, p. 206:
the Alexandrian school of theol- the Alexandrian school of theol-
ogy in Egypt [that tried to] harm- ogy from Egypt that seemed to
onize systematic theology with merge biblical theology with Pla-
Platonic philosophy. tonic philosophy.
Lindseys Theres A New World Coming (1973)
followed by LaHayes Understanding the Last Days (1998):
Lindsey, p. 280: LaHaye, p. 191:
Evidently each person has a re- It may be that each one of us has
cording angel (Lindsey also a recording angel. (LaHaye also
quoted Eccl. 12:14) quoted Eccl. 12:14)
Lindsey, p. 281: LaHaye, pp. 192,194:
The New Testament refers to the The New Testament refers to the
Book of Life eight times, and al- book of life eight different times,
though the Old Testament doesnt and although the Old Testament
call it by that name, it refers three does not call it by that name, it
times to a book in which names does allude three times to a book
are written. This book contains in which names are written The
the name of every person born book of life is that book in which
into the world. If by the time he the names of all people ever born
dies, a person has not received into the world are written. If, at the
Gods provision of sacrifice to time of a persons death, he has
remove sin, then his name is not called upon the Lord Jesus
blotted out of this Book of Christ for salvation, his name is
Life. blotted out of the book of life.
Charles C. Ryrie
Compare Hal Lindseys The Late Great Planet Earth (1970) with Dallas Seminary Professor Charles C. Ryries The Living End (1976):
Lindsey, p. 82: Ryrie, p.70:
a great and formidable boundary a formidable boundary between
between the peoples east of it those who lived east and west of
and those west of it. . .and is it scarcely fordable at any point
scarcely fordable anywhere or or at any time . . . From 300 to
any time . . . from three to twelve to 1,200 yards wide and 10 to 30
hundred yards wide, and from ten feet deep (Ryrie gave no credit to
to thirty feet in depth (from J.A. either source.)
Seisss The Apocalypse which
Lindsey, pp. 84-85: Ryrie, p. 72:
the real sleeping giant of Asia The Giant Comes to Life She
was awakened they went from exploded her first atomic bomb in
the testing of a crude atomic 1964, and tested her first H-bomb
bomb to the successful test firing two and a half years later. (Ryrie
of an H-bomb in two and one half gave no credit for any of this.)
years (part of this was a citation
of the Bulletin of Atomic
Compare Lindseys Theres A New World Coming (1973)
With Ryries The Living End (1976):
Lindsey, pp. 90-1: Ryrie, pp. 38-9:
After a period of writing [a After a scribe had finished writ-
scribe] would stop, roll the parch- ing a section of the scroll he
ment enough to cover his words, would stop, roll up the scroll to
and seal the scroll at that point that point, and seal it. Then he
that point, and seal it. Then he would begin again, stop, roll up
writing, stop again, roll the scroll, the scroll, and affix another seal.
and add another seal it was to In this way he prevented any
prevent unauthorized persons unauthorized person from tamper-
from tampering with the scroll or ing with or divulging the contents
reading and revealing its con- of the scroll. Only a duly author-
tents. Only a worthy person ized person could break those
could have legal access to the seals When a Jewish family was
scrolls message when a Jewish forced to sell its property or
family was required to forfeit its possessions, the loss was listed
land and possessions through on a scroll and sealed seven times.
some distress, the property could By law, the property could not be
not be permanently taken from taken away from them permanent-
them. Their losses were listed in a ly, so the scroll contained the rec-
scroll and sealed seven times, the ord of the loss and and what
conditions necessary to purchase would have to be done in order to
back the land and possessions get the property back. When a
were written on the outside of the qualified person came along to
scroll. When a qualified redeemer redeem that property, then it was
could be found the possession returned to the original owners.
[was returned] to the original (Ryrie again gave credit to no
owner. (paraphrase of a W.A. one.)
Criswell work which Lindsey
Paul Lee Tan
Compare Hal Lindseys The Late Great Planet Earth (1970) with Dallas Seminary Professor Paul Lee Tans A Pic-torial Guide to Bible Prophecy (1991):
Lindsey, p. 65: Tan, p. 111:
In discussing Tubal he said, Tubal, the fifth son of Japheth,
Tubal is the son of Rapheth was the founder of the Tibereni, a
[sic], founder of the Tibereni, a people dwelling on the Black Sea,
people dwelling on the Black sea west of the Moschi. (Gives no
to the west of the Moschi. credit.)
Lindsey, p. 67: Tan, p. 113:
All authorities agree on who Most scholars agree that ancient
Persia is today. It is modern Iran. . Persia is todays Iran It would be
.It would be much more difficult much more difficult to move a
to move a large land army across large land army across the Cauca-
the Caucasus Mountains that sus Mountains that border Tur-
border Turkey, than the Elburz key, than the Elburz Mountain
Mountains that border Iran. that border Iran. Irans general ter-
Irans general terrain is also much rain is also much easier to cross
easier to cross than Turkeys. than Turkeys, although both
Transportation, however, will be routes apparently will be used.
needed through both countries.
Lindsey, p. 69: Tan, p. 114:
Gomer settled on the north of Gomer settled on the north of
the Black Sea, and then spread the Black Sea and then spread
themselves southward and west- south and west into eastern Eu-
ward to the extremeties of Euro- rope.
pe. (Credits Young) (Gives no credit).
Lindsey, p. 70: Tan, p. 114:
Ashkenaz, The Rheginians Ashkenaz or The Rheginians,
and a map of the ancient Roman which would place them in the
Empire places them in the area of area of Poland, Czechoslovakia,
modern Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany (to the Danube
and East Germany to the banks of River).
the Danube River.
Lindsey, p. 70: Tan, p. 114:
in rugged mountainous ter- horses are still the fastest and
rain, horses are still the fastest surest means of transporting
means of moving a large attack- troops, light and heavy artillery,
ing force into battle zones. Isnt it and field equipment over moun-
a coincidence that such terrain tainous terrain. And the terrain
stands between Russia and the between the king of the north and
Israeli? Israel is mountainous.
Lindsey, pp. 93-4: Tan, p. 109:
Charlemagne tried to do this in Charlemagne in A.D.800 tried it,
A.D.800. . .was crowned by the and he was crowned by the Pope
Pope as Emperor Charles Au- as Emperor Charles Augustus
gustus Napoleon snatched Napoleon crowned himself. . . .
the crown from the Pope and put Hitler said his Third Reich would
it on himself Hitler said his last a thousand years.
Third Reich would last a thou-
Lindsey, p. 136: Tan, p. 68:
My dear friends in the congre- My dear friends. Bless you for
gation. Bless you for coming to listening to me. I know that many
church today. I know that many of you have lost loved ones in
of you have lost loved ones in this unusual disappearance of so
this unusual disappearance of so many people. However, we believe
many people. However, I believe it was Gods judgment on them,
that Gods judgment has come for their uncooperation and
upon them for their continued division on the majestic advances
dissension and quarreling with of Society and the Church on
the great advances of the church earth. Now that the separatists are
in our century. Now that the reac- removed, let us really unite in the
tionaries are removed, we can great goal of universal
progress toward our great and brotherhood, love and peace on
glorious goal of uniting all man- earth.
kind into a brotherhood of recon-
ciliation and understanding.
Well, there you have it --- just a fraction of the sloppy and devious scholarship Ive run into lately.
If youre interested in obtaining my book The Three Rs which uncovers the huge amount of plagiarism in some of the leading pretrib works on both sides of the Atlantic since the year 1830, call (800) 967-7345 for more information.
Do you still believe that the any-moment, pretribulational rapture view inspires holy living?
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