Evangelical Thugs: 2. Ignorant Attacks by Malignant Punks (Arthur Pink: His Own Words)

Evangelical Thugs (Part 2 … Arthur W Pink:
Choice Target of Evangelical Thugs)

Encountering unbelievable, wholesale ignorance
of an American ‘pastor’ and his Internet gang of
malignant punks,

I sought to present – for any So-Called “Christian”
who might be of the same savage mind-set –
a refutation of the degrading false witness that these
“Pastors” bore against Mr Pink …

by addressing their ignorant presumption,
with answers … from Mr Pink himself.

Allow me then, to let Arthur W Pink
defend HIS OWN honour and character
against the aspersions of those who are – plainly –

not fit to scrape the mud from his boots.

Arthur W Pink SOUGHT Christian FELLOWSHIP.

“Christian” church-goers Did NOT Want
Arthur W Pink in their “churches”.

“… and what is still better, we are once more
in a place where we can have fellowship
with some of the choicest of God’s people. ”
[ AWP, Studies, December, 1940 ]

” Thou SHALT NOT bear FALSE WITNESS … ”
has evidently been utterly removed
from the Modernist Evangelical’s deluge
of modern “translations”.

It must have been: because bearing false witness
against Arthur Pink
seems to be the past-time of ignorant Evangelicals,
if the Internet is any indication.

In order that those who give ear
to the slander and malicious degradation
of evangelical punks, thugs, and bullies
may be exposed as the malicious gossips that they are,

I am presenting FACTS in relation TO Arthur W Pink
… written BY Arthur W Pink,

and do so, in order to defend this righteous man’s name
and character from degradation by such
low-grade ‘pastors’ and assorted pew-warmers
as delight to promulgate malicious ignorance
about Arthur W Pink.

Perhaps CHURCH-GOING slanderers who DO
precisely this vey thing, might discover a conscience,

… and repent of their Sin in furthering
the degradation and false witness
of an honourable man of integrity
whose boots – I may speculate, the bulk of them
would not be fit to clean.

I do not hesitate to place my name,
experience, and face,
in defence of this man’s character.

From Pink:

“… and what is still better,
we are once more in a place
where we can have fellowship
with some of the choicest of God’s people. ”
[ Studies, December, 1940 ]

“WE have LONGED to HAVE Christian FELLOWSHIP
with all who love the Lord in sincerity, irrespective
of which section of Christendom they belong to;

but because we could NOT JOIN THEIR party,
the great majority have been offended, and the reports spread
that we are “self-righteous” and “not able to get along
with any of the Lord’s people.” [ Studies, December, 1941 ]

Arthur Pink is arguably the most attacked
and castigated man to bear the ignorant degradation
of modern-day church-goers
who feel perfectly at ease in commenting
upon the “sin” in his life.

Pink is routinely the preferred target of the 21st century
Sunday Morning Social Club Set – with their tribal
brick-and-mortar Encounter Group mentality – who

castigate him for his move to Stornoway.

This, declare the arrogant gossip-mongers
is a ‘sure sign’ that Pink was … “out of the Lord’s will.”

What these PRESUMPTIVE, ignorant creatures
seem either unmoved by – or unwilling to move their
lazy, gossiping selves to check –

is that Arthur and Vera Pink were obliged
to relocate

after their bedroom was STRAFED by 30mm
cannon fire from a German Luftwaffe fighter
that had been passing over their Hove house,
which was situated on the English Channel.

Pink WAS INVITED to a place of safety
– Stornoway – by a seemingly trustworthy
Christian.

After weeks of living in their clothes,
in the downstairs portion of their house in Hove,
they finally accepted THE OFFER to travel north
to the Western Islands of Scotland.

Pink was ASKED – he WAS INVITED !!! –
to travel, in order to join with various “churches”.

He DID so.

When he arrived there –

( And, I shall spread this out so that the
Cloyingly Ignorant can grasp the words a few at a time:

Concentrate, Now … )

Those “churches”

Decided that

THEY

Did not want AWP

Amongst them.

NOTE the order of WHO rejected WHOM.

A Concept that is (observably) unknown
in the feel-good hordes of 21st century
Evangelicalism:

INTEGRITY.  BEFORE. “FELLOWSHIP”.

“… we have found our services, though offered gratis,
are not wanted.

Had we been prepared to join a Baptist
or Presbyterian church
we could have obtained a hearing,

but because we felt restrained from so doing
we have received the cold shoulder everywhere.

Sad indeed is the situation, which has confronted us
the last twelve years:

on the one hand, a liberal or broad spirit
and an open door we could not enter
because of heterodoxy;

on the other, those with an orthodox creed
but a fast-closed door because of sectarian exclusiveness.

How often has the course we were led to follow
been misunderstood and misjudged by those
among whom we have gone.

Because we were not free to take up a sectarian position,
they supposed the reason we would not unite with their church
was because we were looking for a “perfect one.”

We have LONGED to have Christian fellowship with all
who love the Lord in sincerity, irrespective
of which section of Christendom they belong to;

but because we could not join their party
the great majority have been offended,
and the reports spread that we are “self-righteous”
and “not able to get along with any of the Lord’s people.”
[ Studies, December, 1941 ]

“… for though the Baptists and the Presbyterians
would have opened their pulpits
had we joined their denomination,

and the “Brethren” given us a welcome
were we prepared to restrict ourselves to their circle;

yet, because we felt the Lord would have us
remain outside the camp
and be free to mingle with his people at large,
every door was closed against us.“
[ Pink, Annual Letter, Studies, December, 1946 ]

PINK’S DENOMINATION …?

“By the grace of God it has been our privilege
to feed numbers of his sheep who are dispersed
in many denominations,
and not a few who have no church home on earth.

We have therefore been constrained to take up nothing
in these pages of a sectarian nature,
endeavouring to steer clear of whatever would give
unnecessary offense, confining ourselves
(with rare exceptions) to “those things
which are most surely believed among” ( Luke 1:1 )
God’s people at large.

In order to be consistent with the undenominational
character of our printed ministry,
we have remained “unattached” ecclesiastically.

Our desire and determination has been, by grace,
to walk the Narrow Way with a broad heart –
embracing ALL who EVIDENCE Christ within them. ”
[ Pink, Studies, December, 1941 ]

“We are connected with no denomination,
have no “Board” or “Committee” behind us,
and receive no “collections” from any “churches.”
[ Pink, Studies, December, 1936 ]

That obnoxious, pampered hedonists of 21st century
America who have never known anything but
the luxury of Central Heating, Flush Toilets,
and Refrigerators;

and having had their brains stunted from a childhood
spent staring at the mental and moral sewage
of television –

would have the Temerity to declare the Pinks
“Out of the Lord’s will” … shows the extent and
obscenity of Pride and Ignorance
that regulates what now passes for ‘thinking’.

WHY PINK MOVED to STORNOWAY

Residing in Hove (which adjoins Brighton),
part of “The Battle of Britain” was fought
right over our heads, for we were only ten minutes’
air distance from France, where the German squadrons
were assembled, and from which it was expected
our coast would be invaded by their army.

We lay in the direct route of the enemy bombers
as they came to and from London, passing over us
nightly: the warning siren was sounded at 9 or 10 p.m.,
and the “all clear” not until 4 to 6 a.m.

An occasional one unloaded his devilish freight
on Hove.

At that time, there was no “shelter” within reach,
and Hove had no anti-aircraft guns.

The house in which we resided was a jerry-built one,
incapable of resisting blast or incendiaries.

On July 1st, our bedroom was machine-gunned from the air,
so from July 2nd to Sept. 20th, both of us spent every night
lying fully dressed on the hall-floor downstairs.

Yet the whole of the second half of Vol. 19 was composed
and typed out during those months, and a heavy correspondence
attended to! Did not the Lord “help” us!
[ Our Semi-Jubilee Letter, Studies, December, 1946,]

“Since writing the above we received a call, quite
suddenly and unexpectedly, to once more move our tent.

During the last few months, and especially since the German
air-raids increased so much both in frequency and intensity,
many of our friends have been much concerned
about our welfare, and numbers of them suggested
our moving to a less vulnerable area.

But we did not feel free to accept any of their
loving suggestions.

It was the Lord who directed us to Hove
(which joins on to Brighton) four and a half years ago,
and we dared not leave till he made it very clear
that his time for us to do so had come. …

Just when the strain was becoming too much
for our frail bodies, our Master made it plain
he had provided a haven of rest for us some
750 miles distant.

An old friend in Scotland renewed his kind invitation
for us to sojourn with him. It meant travelling
across the city of London, and a bomb fell
near the station where we were waiting for our train,
but we were unharmed.

It meant a 500 mile journey to Glasgow,
but we reached it safely, and had a week’s rest
with dear ones who devotedly ministered
to our every need, so that we were much refreshed
both spiritually and physically.

Then another railway journey of 170 miles;
a 12 hours’ sea trip, which was accomplished
without any untoward event.

A few days fellowship in the home of another
kind friend and his wife, and then a short sea trip
and our “haven” was safely reached.

We are now situated on an island far removed
from the scene of conflict, where we can quietly study
and conduct the work of the magazine in peace,

and what is still better, we are once more in a place where
we can have fellowship with some of the choicest
of God’s people.”

[ Pink, “Our Annual Letter”, Studies in the Scriptures,
December, 1940 ]

(Aside … P Livingstone

I can attest – FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
in Stornoway, that those who are not a part of the
Paedobaptist social set are most certainly NOT welcome. )

Upon arrival on Lewis, Pink wrote to Free Church
of Scotland minister Kenneth MacRae, asking if he could
arrange a time to meet in order that the two men
might become acquainted.

“Reverend” MacRae wrote back to inform Pink

… that he was too busy.

THAT IS the type of reception that awaits those who are
outside the sectarian social order of Stornoway.
Of that Fact, I can emphatically assure you. – PL )

Several times in Studies, Pink reiterated the plea:
“… we respectfully request that none of our readers
will address us as “Rev.” :

no worm of the dust is due such a title. It is written
“holy and reverend is HIS [ that is, God’s ] name”
(Psa. 111:9).”

No one – (possessed of a conscience) – can fail to see
the significance that is illustrated when,
standing in Stornoway cemetery, one faces the grey
stone monolith that marks Kenneth MacRae’s grave …

… and then turns one’s head ninety degrees to the left
to see the patch of bare grass that marks the resting place
of Arthur and Vera Pink.

I have done just that … and it is a truly disgusting
visual comparison. [ PL ]

“… we respectfully request that none will address us
as ‘Reverend’. No worm of the dust is due such a title.”
[ AWP ]

AWP was a man who did not squander his time.

How many of the TV-watching, moral-sewage ingesting,
cinema-going “pastors” of today could even imagine
the audacity to claim likewise?

“During this quarter of a century, almost 7,000 pages
have come from our pen, comprising no less than
1,700 articles of varying lengths, averaging four pages
each. …

That is only a list of series, though bare figures
cannot convey any idea of the immense amount of work
involved in preparing, nor my dear wife’s in typing them
out amid her domestic duties. Many scores of others
were written and typed: some on long train-journeys,
others while crossing oceans.

During those years, the editor was permitted to write
by hand well over 20,000 letters.”

[ Studies, Semi Annual Letter, December, 1946 ]

I attended the same church in Edinburgh as Iain Murray
– a kind and humble man indeed; yet it was with great
self control that I did not ask him why his re-printed
2004 biography

removed the theological ‘backbone’ from Pink
that was so freely given, and evident, in the 1981 original.

A man writes a book – and all his adoring readers
IMAGINE that … he … is the only man on earth
with knowledge of its subject.

My father spoke highly of Pink throughout my childhood:
long before that first biography ever appeared.

Testimony about Pink Did Not Begin In 1981.

I have defended Pink for more than thirty years now,
against these increasingly frequent aspersions
which are so freely levelled against him,

by utterly ignorant creatures who have not the
slightest concept of standards of Integrity,
in matters that are inviolate.

Pink strove in great detail, to help and educate
humble souls who were genuinely ignorant of fact.
But he walked away from those who were defiantly
and wilfully so.

In the 1990’s, an American published a cheap paperback
– which looked as though it had been photocopied and glued –
containing letters written in Pink’s early years.

Flipping through this, I vaguely recall one page
where he expressed his incredulity that anyone else
could be as fastidious as Arthur Pink.

Well, that may be a mystery to you and your fans, ‘sir’,

but there are a few of us left – FAST disappearing
from this earth, who maintain the same standards
as Arthur W Pink.

Being ‘popular’ and ‘mixing’ is the indicator of “success”
for the shallow, flippant, and carnally-minded.

It was not so for Pink.

It is not so for me.

IF any modern-day, church-attending receiver of gossip
wants to know anything about Arthur W Pink,
they might have the common decency and moral integrity
to check and consider what Arthur W Pink wrote:

and NOT what a biographer (or any other Johnny-come-lately
jumping on the ‘Pink’ bandwagon), chooses to release
to the book-buying public.

Refusing to sit by and hear the degradation of the
comparative CAVE MEN of 21st-century “Christianity”,

heaped upon non-compromising Christian men and women,
I am quite willing to defend this man’s character.

I am not the least bit concerned with

how many ‘letters’ you have behind your name;

how large the ignorant multitude that gasps
with ecstatic adoration at your every utterance;

or how important you Think you are …

ANY Reader of this article –

“Reverend”, “Pastor”, Doctor,
Professor, Narcissist, Thug,
Obnoxious Internet Site Owner,
or Conscientious Inquirer –

may contact me with honest enquiries
about this sober-minded, Narrow-Way-walking
man of integrity and humility.

P Livingstone
philiplivingstone.org