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23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the
you have a "happy" church?
More important, do you have a "happy"
Ultimately, are you happy? Or, have you come to
believe that being
happy is worldly. Believe it or not,
the word "happy" is in your
King James Bible.
A word of caution. I use the word pastor in this study as a accommodation to those
of you who think you are pastors. I have almost no confidence in the use of the
word as used today. Please
study this page
on the title "pastor."
is one of two attempts to help men who serve the Lord's Church. I plan to do another
page for evangelists.
am using the Word of God heavily, but I know full well that many preachers do
not really believe the Word of God should change their lives. But, I have done
this work knowing that someone will benefit. I have drawn on my own experience
growing up in a pastor's home, as a missionary myself, and having pastored four
little cheeky motto applies:
Who de cap fit mek dem wear um." Jamaica
is, in Latin:
something, or get out of here.
FOR JACK BOOT PREACHERS AND DULL CHURCHES:
churches are dull because the preacher is dull.
It is time to stop blaming
the sheep for the deficiencies of the under-shepherd.
is your one driving desire?
it is anything but to feed sheep, you are not a pastor. You are an hireling, and
you need to hit the altar first at the next altar call. For life, God is first,
the wife next, your kids next, and the local church next. That is real cool, preacher.
There is a good message there to preach to the saint who is not claiming to be
"called to preach." But, after the above descending order, your next
urge should be to feed sheep. If you have a herd of goats on the side, you are
an hireling, a loser. If you play and do your own thing and let the church workers
make church life work, you are a rebel against any alleged calling God gave you.
20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which
the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath
purchased with his own blood.
are NOT "called to preach." That is a Fundamentalist buzz word that
is not found in the Word of God. You are called to feed sheep:
21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas,
lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that
I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the
second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;
thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith
unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved
because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him,
Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto
him, Feed my sheep.
are subject to the same temptations as anyone else, and you will be tempted and
wooed by Satan even more than other people. There is a deadly notion among many
preachers that they are bigger and stronger than the sheep. Well, you to are a
sheep. And, any farmer will tell you that sheep are dumb. There is only ONE Shepherd.
Everything you have you got from the Good Shepherd, unless you are not born again.
You did NOT get your calling, your ministry, by going to the right school or belonging
to the right preacher's club. Being a "Sword man" will not carry the
day. Your alleged "heritage" and historic distinctions over the past
2000 years as a Bible believer will do NOTHING to make your ministry pleasing
to God. God wants you dumb as snot, empty, and desperate, so that he can fill
an empty vessel with himself.
7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for
to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you,
not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly,
according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
I must say that I have known many Fundamentalist preachers, and almost all evangelists
and missionaries who are drunk on themselves. They are not sober. They have big
mouths, boasting of their numbers, and they walk and swagger around like poodles
at a dog show. They don't understand how utterly helpless they are without the
power of God. Many of them go on, though others see right through them, acting
out gestures and talking the talk. But, they are empty. Ichabod. The Glory has
the shoe fit? Why do you hate ME for asking such a question? You bash up the sheep
every Sunday and try to talk them into doubt of their salvation, and guilt they
should not feel, so that you can see the altar full. Well, it is YOUR turn, Buddy.
Maybe you don't even need to finish this page. Maybe you need to go down on your
knees and cry out to God in repentance for letting your God given ministry turn
into an hireling's circus.
hear many stories of pastors who have fallen into sin and are feasting their soul
on porn and using other men's wives. I hear of an evangelist who will not stay
with other preachers at camp meetings because he cannot stand the filthy humor
and foolish jesting in the dorm (Evangelist PK). There is a pattern of playing
the fool among us. Dr. Peter Ruckman's Blow Out is classic. Men run crazy, speakers
play the comedian, idiots scream and throw hymn books.
YOU are, according to Paul:
Timothy 3:8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to
much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity,
preacher runs through the woods with the men shooting paint balls in mock murder
games. Another preacher has gun shoots with teen age girls shooting AK-47s. Contests
are brought on to increase Sunday School attendance in which the preacher plays
the fool to amuse unrighteous brats and keep them coming.
4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be
any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
is well received in the world when a man in leadership shows grace. A Middle Eastern
man, when entertaining guests, will make every possible consideration to make
everyone comfortable and help them enjoy one another. But, in much of Fundamentalism,
the preacher swaggers into the room, makes jocular worldly jabs and jabberwocky
gestures, and the sheep must pretend to be impressed.
job is not to be the center of attention. Your job is to bring the sheep together
in joy, feed them the Word, and give them every opportunity to enjoy
one another and Jesus Christ. I am sick of preachers who stand around and
draw all men to themselves instead of to Jesus Christ.
if some saints like to sit and talk and drink coffee? Well, after the service,
or between Sunday School and worship, make a time for them to visit and drink
coffee. Your schedule and your priorities be damned. The sheep need one another
as much as they need you. Jesus Christ sat around and ate and chatted "with
publicans and sinners." Do you suppose he would be impressed with the way
you herd the sheep here and there to meet YOUR priorities? Your sermon is important,
but it is NOT the main event.
down and join the folks.
are very likable. Instead of running to the next preacher's camp meeting, how
about a fishing trip with that good old boy who is limping along in spirit? How
about taking a deacon and running to a couple auctions. There is nothing like
a farm auction to help you see the real world. Watch the human nature. Listen
to the lies. Ask the deacon about some gem you can buy, and bid on it. Show it
off later to the other men, and give the old deacon the credit for helping you
get a deal. Bid on that set of hames and hang them on the garage. Every time you
see them, you will remember to pray for that old deacon. When I see mine, I think
of Kent Smith.
Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
need to read three things-- these are essential from my experience
Read your Bible for your own strength. Read in two places. One should be to stimulate
your mind to self-examination. The other should be either Psalms, Proverbs, or
Ecclesiastes. Keep notes on those things which you can use in exhortation and
doctrine-- for sermons. I do get a very good feeling when a brother says, "I
was reading in Zechariah five, and I think that woman in the ephah is the Catholic
Church, what do you think?" I know that man is digging, AND he is stumbling
onto the gold mines that make his mind work.
Read missionary biographies. You can find them on eBay and bid on them. Also,
try Book Finder. Make sure they are very old
so they are not about modern washed out spiritual babies. Watch for them at yard
sales and used book stores. There is NOTHING but the Bible that should be more
important than missionary biographies.
Read to learn about the world and issues. Read to learn about the wolf. Some preachers
are ignorant of the evil and boast that they don't need to know anything but the
Bible. I read on the Internet, but I also read at the public library. I grab several
magazines from the periodical section, and I sit down and scan them. When I find
something useful, I copy the article and carry it home for a sermon illustration.
month, Mother Earth News had a classic article exalting the folly of the vegetarianism
cult. Let me read a paragraph to you, and you tell me what the Bible says about
this....." This is a powerful way to start teaching about SDA and cultic
law-keeping and what Paul said on the subject.
Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant
of his devices.
has not been permitted by God to list his devices in the Word of God. There are
accounts of Satan's ways in the Word, but how they work out in your day, and your
community, is up to you to learn. Your personal Bible reading will help you sort
the present stress as you work at it.
was a man of much knowledge from life and outside of the Bible. God sent him to
the desert to live with Arabs so he would stop putting everything in a Jewish
cultural perspective. He suffered the loss of his preconceptions. He went up on
Mars hill and talked to them and quoted their philosophers. If you think you can
be a dumb door nail for Jesus, you are wrong. The sheep are constantly blundering
into error, and YOU are supposed to know it when YOU see it so you can warn them.
20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased
not to warn every one night and day with tears.
very good place to learn about new cults and issues affecting your missionaries
is the Internet. Here is how you can find the national local news for each missionary
you have CLICK
Study the Bible
Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget
the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all
the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;
find that when I try to preach a sermon a second time that I flounder. I have
to go back and rework the sermon every time, and when I do I see weak spots. I
see errors. I see too much of me, and not enough of the Word. What you learned
from study of the Word is to be kept, according to the text above, for your soul
is in peril. You are not in peril of damnation once you are saved, but only the
Word will keep your soul from pollution of sin. Keeping is a discipline, and teaching
what you have in your soul is just as helpful to you as to the sheep. You need
what you teach. If you don't think so, you are a dead beat, and I know your sheep
10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent
preaching is poor when your study is brief. No way around it. God does NOT do
miracles of filling your head for you so you can preach. Paul clearly tells Timothy
he has to study it IN so he can preach it OUT.
This is why so many of you preachers use thousands of clichés to fill in
what I mean..." "Mark er down..." "This is how you please
God..." "I wouldn't trust anyone else to preach this to me..."
"You better pay attention..."
this is why some of you wail, hack, and scream "Amen" so much. You have
nothing else in your head. You lazy slow belly!
Study the world
3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world
in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the
beginning to the end.
2:24 But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,
25 And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
need to know how the world works, and you learn that from the men in your church
who work daily in the world. If you don't spend time with these men, you will
be dumb as snot about life in general. This is also why mending tents, working
on the side, and planting a garden, are highly useful, as it was for Paul. You
need to stop and smell the roses, and you need to stop and smell the loading dock
of that warehouse worker in your church. I used to buy vegetables from the transfer
businesses of my customers in Nogales, Arizona. The world there is highly instructive.
The world of the Smoky Mountains and Yosemite Valley are also highly instructive.
Inhale. You will learn a lot. Do NOT commit yourself though.
Corinthians 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread,
and drink of that cup.
Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own
selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye
26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable
in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
is not some Freudian notion. The texts above make it VERY clear that you and I
better be looking at our ways and examining ourselves daily. It is a sick sick
preacher who forces the sheep to look at themselves, but he has a belly so big
he has not seen his toes in five years.
John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may
have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with
his Son Jesus Christ.
alleged fellowship which does not center on Jesus Christ is not worthy of the
Lord's Church. Also, you are NOT in the Pauline model if the sheep cannot get
close to YOU. Read that verse again please.
3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship
of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
suffering of the saints is a great reason to gather in fellowship.
5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
activities are no foundation for fellowship. Also, if you have a flock of goats
you claim are a calling, you are in fellowship with the wrong flock. Repent !!
Get back with the sheep.
2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if
any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
cannot have this kind of fellowship one day a week on a walk around the aisles
of the auditorium between the third and fourth hymn. This fellowship caused saints
to linger in Christ.
2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and
in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and
many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
44 And all that believed
were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and
goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
46 And they, continuing
daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did
eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
47 Praising God, and
having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such
as should be saved.
Baptist preachers wait for the Holy Ghost to work in the heart of a saint like
a dog waits for a marriage license.
closeness and self-sacrifice of the saints for one another was the most convincing
thing the lost saw. No wonder souls don't get saved anymore in your assembly BETWEEN
SUNDAYS. You have to try to do all the soul winning on Sunday in the altar call.
You make NO provision for the saints to be seen caring for one another between
Sundays. You go on visitation to build attendance and fill buses. You have designed
a program for the saints which all happens at the church house.
of the problem here is the lust for cash. You collect all the giving in a fourteen
inch plate, and YOU decide where it will go. You better start teaching the giving
between Sundays which meets the needs of the troubled saints. Men will see their
good works and glorify God.
here is proof that YOU, preacher, are to lead, at your kitchen table and at the
Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant,
sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
about meeting one of the men in your church, the low man, the slow man, the hick
with only three teeth, for breakfast at the local hick cafe. NOT the big tourist
chain where you can gorge on all-you-can-eat food. That old hick, and the local
cafe, are a gold mine for learning about the world in which you live. Why are
you hiding from sinners. Jesus Christ would head for that cafe in a flash if he
were here. And, he would probably close your day school. Show the saints how to
home school so you can get back to being a pastor. You have this monumental urge
to build that resume, right? Day schools do that, and they give you an early heart
attack too, maybe even a divorce.
Do you spend time with the men in your
church? I have seen lately that almost all Fundamental Bible believers have pastors
who do not LIKE the people. They claim they do, but they do not go spend time
with them. You are a filthy liar if you say you love the sheep but you don't have
time to show it. Jesus picked twelve men and gave them the best and choicest teaching
of his earthly ministry. In what way do YOU resemble Jesus Christ and his relationship
with his disciples?
up the boys and teen age youth also--
Does your wife bake cookies to bribe the kids to stop by on the way to school?
When you visit the homes (if you do), do you spend time talking to the kids about
their lives? I knew a Catholic priest who visited the homes of his people regularly.
He would drink coffee a while, and then he called the teens in the home to him.
He asked them what he preached about last Sunday. The kids knew what was coming,
and they liked the priest intensely. They would do their best to give the right
answer. Then, the priest would ask, "What does that have to do with your
life?" I was amazed at this report which I got from one of his parishioners.
This man, lost in the grip of the Whore of Rome, was doing what 80% of Fundamentalist
pastors will not take the time to do. By the way, those kids would do anything
for that priest.
the aged men to work--
Arnold was a prayer warrior. I could ask him to pray at a certain hour, and he
would be on his knees praying at the appointed time. One day I had to deal with
Satanic invasion of a home. I went knowing I would be in warfare, so I asked Ed
to be in prayer. The visit was an experience in victory in the Lord, and I went
home rejoicing. I forgot Ed was praying, and went about the rest of the day. Several
hours later Ed called and asked me how it was going. He had not quit praying all
that time. Needless to say, I was humbled for my carelessness with Ed, but also
with the fact that the victory had nearly nothing to do with me. Ed was holding
the feet of God and would not let go.
older men will stand with you and hold up your arms, but you have to make the
relationship with them to enjoy this camaraderie in battle. Ed was at our kitchen
table sometimes three times a week. He knew the battles, and, like the Prussian
soldiers of 1870, Ed knew what the next command would be before I gave it. That
sort of man is priceless. Ed was 78 years old and fully employed in the battle.
the way, the Prussian army never fought a battle in which they were not outnumbered
two to one, sometimes far worse. The unity of mind, among the troops, with the
Bismarck, was total, from the private to the generals. But, when the order was
given to "fire," the Bismarck turned in his saddle and fired at the
same instant as the privates. Think about that for a minute please.
Prussian troops marched to their own heart beat. They had no fear of the enemy,
and they were trained not to hate the enemy-- they were so totally involved as
a unit, the whole army, that they literally walked over their enemies. Their discipline
went deep into their soul. A Prussian soldier NEVER went AWOL during battle. One
soldier ran in panic. He was captured and brought to the Bismarck for court martial
and execution. The Bismarck asked him why he ran. He said he saw that the battle
was lost and panicked. The Bismarck said, "Come with me tomorrow, soldier,
and we will fight again, and it we lose the battle, we will both die together."
He roared with laughter and sent the man back to his unit.
the men in your church war the warfare WITH you, or are they your slaves? The
jerk, Jack Hyles, on several occasions claimed that his deacons were so loyal
that if he told them to march off a cliff, they would do it. What an effete ass.
If Jack Hyles was a real man, he would have marched off the cliff, and they would
have followed. The image is still NOT biblical, but Jack showed what men were
for in his church-- slavery.
27:23 Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
your own home--
The best way, and I mean the BEST way, for you to know the state of your flock
is to sit at their kitchen table, and to invite them to your kitchen table, and
just talk. You will find no better way to be the best friend they have. Of course,
you have to LIKE the sheep. This is why Jesus was found in the homes being entertained
so often. And, those people knew he loved them.
the Church House a home away from home--
There are lonely people in every local church. They come in all ages, from twelve
to ninety two. And, they come with many reasons for loneliness. Do you have any
feeling for these people?
inner city churches--
I visited a Black Baptist church in Detroit one day, and I had a great visit with
the pastor and his youth man. That church was having something going on every
day of the week for the members to come to and get them away from their homes.
Homes in the Black community are often sad places, as are the homes of many Whites
and any culture. The church house needs to be more an oasis and less a place for
YOUR program notions.
you start looking for ways to gather the sheep, and if you talk to the aged women
and men, it will not be long before you will think of ways to gather sheep and
exalt Christ. If you push YOUR notions of what happens at the church house, you
will have a great program for lonely people and over worked saints who go along
with your programs and make them happen-- our of sheer exhaustion. Did you know
that it is OK to lead the sheep to "lay down beside still waters." The
frenzied programs look great from a distance, but up close the people running
them are distracted and dry spiritually from making the Christian life a preacher's
your church house a place of hospitality every time the doors open, and I promise
you that you will have a very happy flock of sheep. I know-- we did it-- and peace
and strength came into the church family. AND, we kept everyone together as families.
It CAN be done.
ARTICLE OF THE JOURNAL ON HOSPITALITY-- And, why you may be over weight.
DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST
does an evangelist do his work? Philip met the Eunuch along the road to home.
Paul went up on Mars hill and parlayed with the philosophers. Jesus went to the
towns, and he ate with publicans and sinners. He also went looking for Matthew
where he worked at the tax office. Aquilla and Priscilla found Apollos preaching
and taught him. Paul was stuck on an island for the winter and gave the Gospel.
Paul was put under arrest and used the time to win many to Christ.
is interesting that no one evangelized at the church house. Early church writers
tell us that the saints would cook a meal on the First Day and take it to the
home of someone they were trying to win to Christ. These writers also tell us
that Paul spent the morning at Ephesus in the market place visiting the merchants
and giving them the Gospel. In the midday heat he taught in his Bible Institute,
and in the afternoon he mended tents to pay his bills.
why are you doing all your evangelism at the front of the church house. That place
is the gathering place for the saints, and it is often the only time you have
to feed them. You have all week to wander around town evangelizing. There is this
warped custom in Fundamentalism that says soul winning is done at the church house
by a preacher in a three piece suit.
is the last time you took some sinner fishing?
Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
"out of season" is not taken very seriously these days. That means to
be a Gospel spreading person at times when others would not anticipate the Gospel
could be given. Talk about Jesus in the check our line, don't just throw a tract
at the check out person. Praise God for anything in conversation with the lost.
Bring Jesus into all conversation, and bring biblical truth in. I often will use
the Word when some point has just been made by a sinner, such as, "You know,
that is just what the Bible says...." Then I quote some verse that fits the
topic of discussion. I prove the truth of what the other person just said. They
then get the feeling the Bible is on their side. I let that soak briefly, and
then I add something Jesus said, or some Gospel truth as well. That often is all
the sinner will take, so I drop it, and move on. The next time I meet some of
these people, they are often the one to start the discussion of spiritual issues.
are OK, but I believe God wants us to speak up. Find any way you can to bring
the Bible and Jesus into a conversation as authorities on conversation. Most people
will listen and receive this, and you can build visit on visit without them feeling
like you are nailing them. By the way, we are not called to put sinners in their
place. Their destined place is hell. We are called to exalt Jesus Christ. He gave
us that plan:
12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper
in the thing whereto I sent it.
have heard so many stories of pastors neglecting and abusing their families, and
I am talking about "our" people, not Benny Hinn and Paul Crouch. A pastor
in northern Indiana went to a pastor's retreat in Hawaii, took his personal secretary,
and left his wife at home. A pastor in Michigan regularly took food at meal time
away from his son as a form of discipline. The kid is grown now and retarded and
warped in mind. Hundreds of evangelists run the roads of the USA without their
wife of kids. Stories abound of the wife at home barely making the budget and
having to work at WalMart as a checker. What kind of creeps are we now seeing
take over the pulpits of American, indeed, or the world's Fundamental Bible believing
church, your pulpit, and your office, are NOT higher priority than your family.
You are a damned fool if you put the local church above your wife's and kids'
well being. I use "damned fool" advisedly. You are NOT born again. I
shall now prove it:
Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his
own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
born again man does NOT leave his wife to take on higher callings, for THERE IS
NO CALLING, given by God, which sets your wife and kids in second place. NONE!
I have said much on this page about how you should conduct yourself toward the
sheep God has given you. But, none of the priorities this side of The Glory can
be allowed to supplant that of your calling to be a husband and father. If you
did not like that plan, you should have castrated yourself and become a eunuch.
It is interesting though that God insisted that a deacon and elder (bishop) be
the husband of one wife (I Tim. 3). While God insists that you have a wife, that
is, if you are "called to preach," he also insists that you provide
for her first.
this is beneath you, you should leave "the ministry," and you should
get a job on the block and give attention to your wife and family. If the board
of your church is demanding that you abandon your home to administer the church
affairs, find another church, probably a lot smaller one. Find a church where
you have to mend tents on the side. That way the people will have to face the
fact that you are a family man and not a slave of their tithing. Big church boards
frequently get the idea that they have BOUGHT a pastor, and they demand his posterior
be under their control at all times. That will NOT include your wife and kids.
In fact, jack boot deacons will even demand the services of your wife, taking
her away from your home. If you are in such a situation, preacher, you are a fool.
Call your preacher buddies, and get into another church fast. If you don't, your
kids will grow up to hate God and be drunks.
deacon or church member reading this-- TAKE NOTICE: If you have a pastor who consistently
neglects his wife and kids to keep himself in a whirl and frenzy of activity building
up the local church, call a meeting and rebuke him soundly. If he rejects the
rebuke, run the hireling off. Why am I so blunt? This kind of preacher, as has
been seen thousands of times in recent years, will demand that the men in his
church follow his lead. Have you noticed that the men in your church are gone
from home almost every evening? Have you noticed that loyalty to Christ is defined
as loyalty to the pastor and his agenda? Have you noticed that the men who don't
sacrifice their marriage and kids on the altar of Type A frenzy with the pastor
are made into the
of the church? This natural brute beast will do to YOU what he is doing to his
own home. He is possessed of devils. These devils use him to destroy homes.
he owns the church real estate, or if he has some organizational power to resist
you, leave. Go find a real New Testament local church, even if you have to attend
the Brethren or Mennonite church nearby.
THE "I" PROBLEM
the pastors I have met are obsessed with money. They preach often on giving, or
they work it into their sermons at least once every Sunday. They demand more and
more cash flow from the saints, and they don't care if the saints in the pew have
less of this life's blessing than they do.
30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things
that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:
the horseleach girls have a big brother in our day. YOU? Are you always crying,
"Give, Give"? Oh, you claim you just want a big missions program. You
have this stupid notion that you can rightfully sheer the sheep right down to
the skin because the world must be reached with the Gospel. Missionaries must
be supported. Well, my dear jerk, God never asked a man to deprive his wife and
kids of the blessing GOD gave them so your missions paranoia could be satisfied.
Some of you idiots need to take a little vacation and sit in on a theology class
at a Reformed seminary. They have lots of things wrong, but they DO understand
that God is in control, and he can reach the lost in Bangladesh without raping
the saints in Bogaloosa.
do you REALLY believe this verse?
4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus
the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable,
wellpleasing to God.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
did you catch Jesus, John, Philip, Peter, or Luke talking about money and the
cash flow the way YOU do? Never, and you know it. But, some of you gigolos see
the local church the way a pick pocket watches the people at the County Fair.
You have NO interest in them unless they buy you things and keep your big belly
did Jesus have? He borrowed a donkey to ride into Jerusalem to offer himself as
Messiah to Israel. Can you believe that. The focal point of all prophecy to Israel,
and Jesus did not ask the disciples to pass the hat and buy him a great white
horse (Navigator). Look at this....
8:20 And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air
have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
preacher, you tell me that your family is in genuine need, right? Let me tell
you a story.
Dad was pastoring a small church in Quartz Hill, California in the 1950s. We were
not making it as a family. I recall, as a kid, that we did not always have the
things other people had. My Dad finally realized that the little church was not
made up of people who could give more. Instead of have a "Faith Promise Sunday,"
and preaching on giving every other Sunday, my Dad did what he knew he could do
to provide for us. He hired on at a cement company driving a cement truck. My
Dad was a good driver. He was one of the only men left, in those days, who could
"split gears" with the two transmissions the old trucks had. Dad never
had any trouble getting a job driving a cement truck, for his reputation backing
out on wood scaffoldings, when they built Long Beach Harbor, was legendary. Dad
drove 60 miles one way from the High Desert to San Fernando Valley three days
a week to drive truck.
had not been driving long when the deacons asked to talk to him. They told him
that they did not want him to have to drive truck and not be a full time pastor.
They raised his salary and said they intended, by faith, to take better care of
him, and the rest of us in the family. You professional shake down artists have
NO idea how precious and sweet that sort of love is. You have never walked orderly,
you refuse to mend tents, you are just too good to sweat, so you will never know
how it feels to be loved the way my Daddy was loved. By the way, the Quartz Hill
Baptist Church is still sort of small, but it is still Fundamental, Baptist, and
KJV Only. The foundation you lay on money grubbing will NOT be a foundation that
lasts 50 years, like that little church in the High Desert.
you bring your alleged salvation into question with your zeal to grab the cash,
for you are a gross violator of the Word of God:
6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought
for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where
your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
you were really born again, you would be satisfied with the treasures you are
sending on up ahead into the Glory where The Lord Jesus Christ is keeping track
a word, YOU are not the ruler of the Lord's Church.
Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ;
and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which
is the head, even Christ:
5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the
church: and he is the saviour of the body.
you teach the saints that Christ went back to heaven and turned his Church over
to you, you are a "damned fool." Again, damned, because you are a supplanter
of Christ. Fool, because you would try to take the authority of God away from
him. Damned fool fits well, don't you think?
the following slowly. Deists teach that God created the universe, set men in place,
and went out to lunch. God left the world and the Church for man to manage and
rule because God is sort of divinely distracted by himself or bigger things, and
it is up to us to take charge. That is precisely your theology. You, preacher,
are a deist if you believe in pastoral rule. The Lord Jesus NEVER abdicated from
his headship over his Church.
16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will
build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
are no different than the Pope who uses that verse to claim he is the ruler of
the Lord's Church in the earth.
man in your church is under Jesus Christ, not you. Every kid in your church is
under Jesus Christ, not you. Every lady in your church is under Jesus Christ,
not you. One reason you may well be using several ladies in your church as concubines
is that you think they are yours after all. That is what the scum head in Hammond
are YOU anyway?
Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a
witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to
not as "lords"? Are you a literalist, as you claim, in interpretation
of the Word? Well, if so, the thing is easy to understand. You are not a lord
because the Church has only one Lord. So, pastoral rule, as practiced by Fundamentalists,
is robbery of God. You are the lord of the local church, for you are the ruler.
You know it, the deacons know it, and your wife and kids know it.
preacher invited us to his home in Michigan. When we sat down to eat with the
family, the preacher served himself first. We attended a church dinner at a church
in Dayton, Ohio, and the pastor pointedly told the men to get in line first to
serve themselves before the ladies. He went first before all others. He had a
cover story for this which was madness, but the real context fit what he told
me about his deacons. He said he kept them so that they were no more than janitors.
He boasted that he never asked their opinion on anything. Just like Jesus Christ,
Peter, and Paul, right? BAH !!
have you ever washed anyone's feet?
22:26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as
the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching:
verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to
meat, and will come forth and serve them.
will be hell to some of you preachers, for your Lord will serve YOU, and you will
see, in his love and tenderness for you, what you NEVER learned to do as a pastor
of his flocks.
17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto
him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself,
and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and
9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded
him? I trow not.
10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things
which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that
which was our duty to do.
of looking eagerly to the sheep to BE served, how about looking into the face
of the Good Shepherd, and see how you measure up as HIS servant?
Do your people
exalt you, or do they exalt Jesus Christ and the Gospel?
of the marks of any cult is this-- The human leader exalts the god far beyond
the reach of the followers, AND, the guru then convinces the people that he, the
guru, is the earthly manifestation of the god. From Hinduism, with its Baba Ganooshes
and Rajneeshes, to the Pope in Rome, the gods, or even Christ, are far away, busy,
or harsh and agitated with humanity. The human spiritual boss man is the one with
whom we have to do.
this how your people feel about you. How about "100% for Hyles"? That
is guruism, and I don't believe 10% of the Hyles mob are born again. They are
not 100% for Jesus Christ, and they say so themselves by exalting the guru. Words
are important, and what we speak sets our eternal destiny:
12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
is Reverend Zophar:
11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk
man did not like what Job was saying, so he mocked Job. Well, God stakes all on
10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
mouth of YOU and the mouth of your people is what YOU will answer for. If you
stand by silently in fake humility, as the people exalt you, as the people in
Hammond exalted their guru, you will answer for those words, even the people's
words. You are a fool if you think God will not judge you for letting other men
exalt YOU. Ah, the the incense of flattery and praise smells so sweet, right?
YOU ARE A BLASTED SATAN EMPOWERED GURU OF A FALSE FAITH. Jesus Christ was a servant
to the end, and at the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, he will serve his Bride.
The following is offered free of charge:
arrogant boys in the Baptist Bride need to understand two things:
We who have not assassinated our minds and imbibed the ambrosia of Brider myths
will not serve them. Jesus Christ will serve us and them, if they are born again.
It is not a shame to serve. The Baptist Briders show that they have no concept
of the Christian life, for serving is the highest calling that anyone can have.
Our Lord showed us that, so I have no confidence in the profession of faith of
a Baptist Brider. How can they be of Christ and define service as a default or
second lever blessing in the Glory? If you are a Brider, you will not be served
by me, you may well be served by Satan, brimstone and ashes de jour.
is time to deal with the Fundamentalist Movement with some reasoning from the
Scripture instead of mush headed tolerance. Much heresy is being promoted by Fundamentalists
these day. Much practical theology, from sexual lust to Nicolaitan self exaltation,
is permeating the mass of Bible based churches. We need to understand that the
Fundamental Church Movement is largely unchristian. Many pastors are not saved.
They are just along for the ride-- it is a job and no more. The Baptist Bride
movement is a subchristian cult, for they define themselves entirely the opposite
from how God defines true saints. So, committed Briders will go to hell. We need
to evangelize the Baptist Bride. We need a missionary to the Baptist Bride just
the way we need missionaries to the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses.
for the record, any time you meet a Hyles preacher or his followers, you need
to assume they are not born again. They are man worshippers. ]
from a letter
from a reader:
of the things I am appreciating about our pastor is that he is fair, and he is
only dogmatic where he must be.
last night he told me of a man-- a truck driver-- who came to a recent midweek
service and went out of his way to make sure it was OK for him to come into the
auditorium. The pastor, puzzled at the man's reluctance to walk right in and sit
right down, informed him that everyone was welcome.
man, on the road most of his days, visits Baptist churches when he can and where
he can. Apparently, he was stopped over in Los Angeles and visited R.L. Hymers'
church. Hymer's deacons (read: thugs) wouldn't let him in because he wasn't wearing
a tie. (!)
he tried to explain that he had just pulled in on a 12-hour run from New Mexico
they were unmoved.
Are YOU happy? Are
the saints happy? Is God happy?
33:29 Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD,
the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies
shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places.
Kings 10:8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually
before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
the Queen of Sheba say that about your church family if she dropped in for a visit?
3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord;
neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.
17 If ye know these
things, happy are ye if ye do them.
5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of
Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of
Peter 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit
of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but
on your part he is glorified.
God, through the Holy Spirit, claims in the Bible that he likes to make us happy,
could you humble yourself and spend some time making the saints happy? They might
even get the idea that you actually like them. You say you love the saints, the
sheep, but you make NO time for them between Sundays-- seldom visit their homes
just to be with them-- never stop by a member's business during work hours. Do
you have other things more important than the happiness of sheep?
claiming you love the sheep if you will not give your life to them. Jesus spent
time with the disciples, much time. He got alone with them over and over. He never
sent them home so he could go make a couple of benches or tables. I bet he was
a great bench maker. But, once he set his face to offer himself as Messiah, he
also picked the right friends, and he spent most of his time with them.
you know what makes God happy?
30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand,
in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of
thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he
rejoiced over thy fathers:
is happy when you are living in victory and rejoicing in his Word and ways.
12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD
JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
your bucket down the well of salvation, and see what happens. When that bucket
comes up full and running over, pour it all over the saints next Sunday morning.
Make someone happy.
14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with
the saints walk into the church house on Sunday morning, what is on their mind?
Have you talked about David walking up to the temple in expectation? Have you
told them how the Songs of Degrees were used? Do you even know, or do you care?
Here is what one brother experienced recently as he went "to church"
church I left last Spring tore it for me when they closed for SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.
I just don't want to have anything to do with a church that is so indifferent
to the gospel that they would shut down like that. I have plenty of church-planting
friends who have preached to their wife and kids some Sundays, and THEY didn't
shut down! Well, yesterday as I was on my way to the independent, Fundamental-with-a-capital-"F"
Baptist church, I renewed my "vow" that if so much as a mention were made of "What's
the score?" or anything like unto it, I was OUTTA there.
hadn't even gotten in the door when the first guy I ran into-- one of the elders--
asked me if I knew the score. (I did not; I don't have a TV.) I just stopped in
my tracks, informed him that I had not the slightest idea (I would have mentioned
that I didn't give a tinker's dam but he might have thought I was cussin'!), turned
around, got in my car and went home. We are, and have been for some time, to that
point when pastors, instead of speaking out against Sunday amusements, are actually
promoting them, even if in a backhanded sort of way. Ball games on Sunday are
just about the most effective tool the devil uses to keep folks out of church.
I'm pretty discouraged right about now...
are some considerations regarding worship
Why have Fundamentalists lost all concept of biblical worship?
of Fundamentalism has two distinct heritages.
Fundamentalists who came out of the denominations starting in about 1930 were
fighting compromise in doctrinal areas. They met at Niagara in about 1940 and
set forth the "Fundamentals" they would not compromise. They were, for
many years, a real blessing and a destination for people leaving compromised denominations.
The Bible Church Movement came out of this branch of Fundamentalism. Today, most
of these fellowships have abandoned the King James Bible, and they are top heavy
with hierarchy. The IFCA is a classic case as they have left the narrow way and
become cautious and timid about fellowship and doctrinal standards.
The Independent Fundamental Church movement was not founded on principles derived
from doctrinal issues. The Southern Baptist Convention, in the early days of Fundamental
Baptist zeal, was also sound in doctrine, by and large. The problem then was that
the SBC was buried in formalism, massive hierarchy, ritual, and dead forms. The
Fundamental Baptists were resisting formalism, and so they have always had churches
which are prone to be giddy, driven by yelling and hollering, and they are very
short on worship. The average Fundamentalist thinks worship is three hymns and
an offering. Many Pentecostals and the Church of God think the same thing. This
is endemic in Christendom other than the Reformed movement where things to the
other way and drag down to sheer boredom.
the average Fundamentalist preacher, the main event is his sermon, and a long
psychological attack on the security of the believer takes place at every service
as the preacher tries to talk the believers out of their salvation so they can
"get assurance" at the altar. To their credit, the Fundamental Baptists
are the most likely people in the USA and the world to retain the King James Bible
with zeal. Only a handful of Bible Church Movement churches have stayed with the
the reason you are terrified of worship, preacher, is that your heritage has extracted
it from your experience, and out of your church life. What on earth do you think
of when you read:
29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty
can always run to the other context here and add the best part:
Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering,
and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
there is an offering involved, most Fundamentalists will put up with some effort
at worship, right? But, what is the beauty of holiness? Do you know? When is the
last time you preached and taught the saints what worship is? Never, right? Let's
face it, you have never even tried to worship the Lord, maybe not even in your
personal life and in your home. It is formalism to you. It is something only found
in the dead Methodist Church or the Southern Baptist Church with some Freemason
leading a responsive reading, right.
God commands us to worship him, and you are not doing that. Why should he bless
you? Has it ever occurred to you that worship makes for a flock of sheep that
are content and secure. Maybe you want them to stay a bit insecure so you can
talk them down the aisle and threaten them if they don't meet your expectations
the following, and ask yourself how much of this picture of worship is really
on your mind on Sunday morning.
4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do
it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of
Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
24:52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: 53 And
were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.
1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the
women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.
30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and
gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of
the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray,
and continued all night in prayer to God.
Chronicles 20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and
all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the
56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house
of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine
altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may
dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of
the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
8:21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily
to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
24:7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people:
and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.
45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship
99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the
inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the
LORD, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction
from the Almighty shall it come.
14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of
his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea,
and the fountains of waters.
6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than
2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before
How can we go back and teach worship?
IT. TEACH IT. LIVE IT. INVITE IT.
up your precious claim to the pulpit to the Holy Ghost for a change. Stop thinking
about who is in charge, and let the Holy Ghost BE in charge. Know where you are
going, but be ready to be sent elsewhere in worship by the Holy Ghost. No, I have
not been to a Charismatic meeting lately. Why is it that we are so prone to think
that giving the Holy Ghost the power over our gatherings is going to morph us
into Benny Hinn groupies? Just because there is a counterfeit of the work of God
does not mean we should totally supervise the Holy Ghost so that he will not get
out of control.
you are not born again, preacher, you have real good reason to keep tight control
on the meetings and your alleged "worship," for as an unsaved hireling,
you do NOT have the Holy Ghost to do it for you.
What can we do to increase our zeal to worship God?
the Word of God more--
Separate the reading of the
Word from the teaching. Jesus stood in the synagogue to read, and he sat down
to teach. The people did not marvel at his reading. Any Jewish kid over 12 is
asked to read the Word in the synagogue. The thing that they marveled at was his
teaching. Long ago, when the Holy Ghost was right at home in the churches, and
without asking your opinion, he lead the churches to have a lectern for the reading
of the Word, and a separate pulpit for proclamation. This could still be done
in principle by having godly men, or young men, read the Word instead of the imperial
preacher doing it all.
the Psalms. They were used in Israel, and by Christ himself. We are COMMANDED
to use the Psalms, and yet you will visit 100 Fundamentalist churches and find
maybe one that reads a Psalm every Sunday. It is considered high church, or dead
religion. So, what a fool the Holy Ghost was to disagree with you omniscient Fundamentalists
5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing
and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
more when you preach. Many men read one verse, claim it is their sermon text,
and then they blabber for forty minutes. The alleged sermon is all THEM. This
is why some of you boys love Spurgeon so much. He was very short on reading the
Word and long on elocution. This is why some of you hate Peter Ruckman. He uses
up to 40 texts per sermon, and you are too lazy to find that many, or else you
think YOU are more important than the Word of God. You will pass away, and you
can be wrong. ( Forgive my, holy father, for even thinking you might be fallible.
Moody, toward the end of his life, was not able to spend all the time he wished
in preparing his Sunday evening sermon. He resorted, in desperation, to what he
called "Bible readings." He did not think them worthy of being called
sermons. He would read the Word of God, and he would intersperse the verses with
comments only for the purpose of illumination. What do you know? He reported that
these "Bible readings" were better attended than any of his other meetings.
Much power came into these meetings. Why? Answer:
55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper
in the thing whereto I sent it.
way to break up a spirit of impatience with Bible reading would be to call together
about four godly men, and maybe a couple of the godly teen boys. Tell them not
to speak of what you are doing. Prepare a whole Sunday morning of nothing but
Bible reading. Make sure the men helping are good readers. Order the reading to
follow a path, but not too strictly. At the end of the morning, ask if anyone
would like to hear one of the men read a passage that came to mind while they
were listening. If you give altar calls ordinarily, give one. Instead of you jabbering
and pleading, as if everything depended on you, have the same men read a couple
verses each calling the sinner to Christ, and the saint to repentance and victory.
is it not? Downright revolutionary! And, there is no way you can be out of order
and say something in the flesh. Hmmmmmm
Most prayer in worship is a minimal formality, a necessary interruption. We do
not pray as the men of the Old Testament and as the patriarchs of the Church Age.
Where is Adoration? Where is Thanksgiving? Where is Confession of sin?
why not take prayer requests? If you have a 5000 member temple, sorry about that--
you are too big to be biblical anymore. I have asked for prayer requests. I simply
suggest they be general if sin or bad living is the issue, and not to use the
request time as an excuse to gossip. Really born again people catch on quickly.
Stop singing the same ten hymns every Sunday. Ask for requests. Again, set the
pace. Ask for marching hymns. Ask for the old hymns of the faith. We did this
in Michigan for twelve years. By about the fourth year, I had ten year olds whose
favorite hymn as My Faith Has Found a Resting Place, or Be Thou Exalted.
have not arrived to even get close to the heavenlies until you see those eight
and ten year old boys fairly shouting, "I need no other argument, I need
no other plea; It is enough that Jesus died, and that he died for me." The
memories I have of our singing times makes me homesick, not for Michigan, or Yermo,
California.... It makes me homesick for saints-- those saints who lifted me to
the Glory on Sunday morning. And, some Sunday mornings I was the one in the most
need. Can you get it, preacher? I sure hope so.
What ever happened to benedictions? I will tell you. You are so all fired desperate
to get the altar filled, assuming the Holy Ghost cannot work in people's hearts
anywhere else, that you don't care how you send the saints home.
are all through the Bible. I recall as a kid, growing up in an Anabaptist church,
that the benediction was my signal, when I was right with the Lord, that I had
to go back into the world and live what I had just heard. I have always been blessed
in giving and receiving a benediction.
are several, which I suppose you think are only prayed in Episcopal churches:
6:23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the
children of Israel, saying unto them,
24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Kings 8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud
56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people
Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all
his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us,
nor forsake us:
58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all
his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which
he commanded our fathers.
24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and
Corinthians 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ.
15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward
another according to Christ Jesus:
6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth
glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye
may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace
of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and
the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy,
and upon the Israel of God.
6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask
or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21 Unto him be glory
in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
6:23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ
in sincerity. Amen.
Thessalonians 3:16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all
means. The Lord be with you all.
13:20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that
great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which
is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever
and ever. Amen.
Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification
of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace
unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory
by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish,
strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God,
and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding
great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless
before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise
God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
20:1 The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners:
the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed;
he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name
of the LORD our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen,
and stand upright.
9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.
preacher, what is high church about those benedictions? Were Jesus and all the
Old Testament saints, AND all the Apostles a bunch of stuffed shirts? Send the
saints off next Sunday with a blessing. Not yours, of course, but could you read
one of the above to them as a parting message from God to them?
Biblical and Historic "Altar Call"
the day of Pentecost Peter preached a strong sermon. He did not invite a response.
The response came from the listeners. If you and I could preach under such Holy
Ghost power that people called out asking for instructions to repent, or to be
born again, we would know we had been under the Lord's authority.
Acts 2:37 Now
when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and
to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
is not the absolute pattern for a response. Paul preached in Acts 20, just before
he left Ephesus, to the saints. He preached a long time, but no "altar call"
was given. Also, I note that not once, from Matthew to The Revelation, did anyone
say, "Every head bowed and every eye closed." Why do we do this. Anyone
who is serious about getting saved, or repenting, will do so before men without
shame. Why the secret hand raising? The "altar call" has its roots in
the Roman Catholic Mass. The Catholic follower goes to the altar to eat Jesus
and sustain their salvation. The Fundamental and Pentecostal saint goes to the
"altar" to get saved and keep getting right.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession
is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on
him shall not be ashamed.
8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous
and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh
in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
is the trick many preachers use:
Stand, and every head bowed and every eye closed.
2. Raise your hand if you
know you are saved (watch for hands not raised)
3. Raise your hand if you
are a Christian and you feel you need to do this or that in response to the message
(watch for raised hands)
4. "No one looking around now...."
5. If you feel you need to be born again, raise you hand (watch for hands)
6. Sing an invitation hymn.
7. Plead with those who raised their hands to
come forward. The alleged anonymous hand raising is now made to appear to be incomplete
zeal. The walk to the front is required. The listener thought they would be left
alone after raising the hand. Now, they are on the spot. They will either walk,
or they will hate the preacher for manipulating them and making a fool of them.
8. Last step: Carve a notch on your gun (resumé) for every one that came
forward. To hell with the ones who don't like the method.
is wrong with this?
It is not the method of Jesus Christ or the Apostles.
2. It is tricky. Tricks
cause people to later figure out the trick, and they HATE the saints and even
biblical method is, "Come, follow me." No tricks, no long wait, no pleading.
Say, "Come, follow Jesus," and end the event. If the Holy Ghost is in
it, the ones he has reached during the message will come. I also have invited
the godly men to pray as the Lord would lead. Two or three would pray for zeal
to take action on the message. I have asked if there is a question. Sometimes,
someone will ask a question about how to apply the message, and I let a godly
man answer if one is willing. I ask for a declaration to act which is done straight
up, out loud.
the High Dessert during the 1970s, I preached on worry and fretting from Psalm
37. I asked everyone to write their fretting problem on paper, then I had a pan
up front, and I offered to burn the paper pieces. The sweet lady in our church
who was very plagued by fretting brought her paper up weeping. I lit it and burned
it, and we talked about how Jesus died so that we could cast all our care upon
him. The service ended very quietly, no invitation hymn, everyone very moved,
and they talked about the Word all the way to their cars. What else is there in
preaching, huh? I don't think I would ever do that thing again, I don't know.
It was the right thing one time. Preacher, get your knees on the carpet, and ask
the Lord Jesus what HE would do at the end of this coming Sunday's sermon. Stop
being a traditional hide bound Fundamental slave of ritual.
have tried to end the service in prayer and been interrupted by a godly man. "Pastor,
may I say something?" Go ahead brother. What followed, on several occasions,
was deep compassion with blunt exhortation to shape up and apply the sermon. One
man warned himself and the assembly not to ignore the sermon lest God chasten
us all. Powerful stuff, my friend. I needed it as much as anyone else, and God
knew that. I was not in a position to give the invitation. Preacher, when you
need the sermon most, who gives the invitation? When do YOU "walk the aisle?"
When are you humbly weeping at the "weeping rail?"
have seen, and I have used, the biblical method of invitation, and it results
in changed lives. It also results in the decision sticking and being real. Les
DeGroot preached on husbands loving and being faithful to their wives one Sunday
in Nashville, Michigan. He gave an "altar call" for men to come to the
front and pledge to be a biblical husband to their wives. No secret about it.
No "every head bowed and every eye closed." Men went forward, heads
up, straight down the aisle, and everyone was wide awake and taking mental notes.
What a commitment those men made! And, their wives and kids knew Daddy was doing
something very zealous and important. Pastor DeGroot admonished them briefly and
then prayed for them.
Mueller was the pastor of a Missouri Synod church on Rosecrans Blvd in Norwalk,
California in the 1960s. My uncle and aunt told me they really liked him, and
they persuaded me to attend church with them one Sunday there. I was skeptical
because the Lutheran Church was Reformed, and it had lost almost all of its original
zeal by 1960. Well, what a surprise. I learned that the church, under Pastor Mueller's
tenure, had grown from 75 to 350 in six months and had gone to two services. Lutheran
churches don't grow that fast. I was intrigued. Pastor Mueller preached on Philippians
3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping,
that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction,
whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly
Mueller used the preaching method of Luther, which was the method of Jesus. I
asked him at the close of the service how the church had grown so much. He said
it was by Lutherans getting saved for the first time. Almost all of them came
Monday morning to his office in response to his invitation at the end of his messages.
THE ORIGIN OF REVIVAL MINISTRIES AND ALTAR CALL
Testimonies should be more than forty people saying, "I's saved." So
what? It is about time
to move on from that.
6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto
perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and
of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands,
and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will
we do, if God permit.
have not heard a real testimony meeting until one of the eighth graders tells
how he gave a tract to his teacher and she cussed him out good. Another saint
says they were amazed that what you said last Sunday about the Mormons was just
what she needed in the check out line at the grocery store. And, some old saint,
hurting as she stands to speak, says she is being SO blessed by her reading of
Daniel and Revelation. She may end by speaking of her hope to soon be with Jesus.
Preacher, that is a "testimony meeting."
your godly men if one of them has a "word of exhortation." We did this
in Michigan, and some Sundays, the brief exhortation was deeply convicting and
wise. Sometimes silence prevailed for a while, and some other godly saint would
add a Bible verse for authority. Did you know (sit down preacher, this is shocking
stuff) that the Holy Ghost can put together in five minutes what it took you forty
hours to study, and he can do it by using that old fellow from the woods who just
loves Jesus and the King James Bible?
you will tell me I am a blasphemer I think. But, I will risk this. I believe there
were three Sundays in Michigan when I was certainly ready to preach. I knew the
message I had was from the Holy Ghost, and I was eager to go. But, something weird
happened. The singing was out of this world, and I say that advisedly. Children
were sitting on the edge of their seats, and most of them were pleading with their
eyes for one more hymn, maybe For All the Saints, by William How. Scary
stuff here. The war stories seemed to be endless. Tracts given out, evil confronted
in a factory, prayer for a sinner in the market place while everyone watched in
awe, and so forth. Older men were speaking a word from their daily Bible reading.
some point, I began to hear the Holy Ghost speaking to me. You know what I mean,
not audibly, but as clear as a bell-- "You have a great sermon, Steve, but
I have other plans this morning-- cancel the sermon, and let me have the people
to myself." What followed is not possible to describe. It was nothing like
some Charismatic circus. It was just a steady building higher and higher into
the heavenlies. People were quietly laughing. The silent types were smiling. The
kids were 100% with it. Visitors had their mouths hanging open in amazement. A
couple times, a visitor stood near the end of the morning and told us, tears streaming
down their face, that they had never been in such a service in their whole life.
When the service was over, people would not leave. They stood around and chattered
do you want the Holy Ghost to do all he would like to do in your worship, preacher?
If so, you will have to stop worrying about what other preachers will think and
say, and you will have to start DOING those things that become worship. You will
have to let go. If you have taught the saints about order and about true worship,
the day will come when you can stand back, like Nehemiah, and almost become a
spectator. That is the day you have learned how to worship the Lord as a church.
IS OUR ARTICLE ON THE MYTH OF TITHING IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
you have sheep you need to confess sin to? Have you been preaching old sermons,
worse, someone else's sermons-- sermons you heard at the last preacher's camp
meeting? Have you been making YOU the center of all church life? Has the worship
become nothing but three hymns and the offering? Have you been ignoring your wife
and kids? Are you mean as second skimmings to the people you claim to love? What
ON YOUR KNEES. Get over to the church house, and hit the altar. Whatever it takes.
preacher read the Jack Boot section some time back when I put it up. He wrote
and told me the pages described him precisely, and he was broken hearted. He asked
me if I thought he should resign and leave the pastoring of churches since he
had been such a brutal pastor. I asked him to repent before the saints, and go
on and serve the Lord. His repentance was more precious to God than the day he
was born again, for it came from experience and real understanding. He did repent,
and the sheep loved him, and he went on to serve with zeal and much fruit. God
is FOR you. He just wants you to be like Jesus-- to let go of you self-will and
your security blanket of pastoral authority:
42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth;
I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench:
he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
is the blunt way to end these thoughts:
Do your men relate to you like a cur dog that rolls over and pees on itself? Or,
can you walk into the room, sit down, say nothing, and the men, after a manly
greeting to you, keep up their conversation that was ongoing? Jack Hyles entered
the foyer of the preacher's meeting I attended, and all the other preachers sent
silent and postured in submission to Pope Hyles. Only a devil would thrive on
that scene, and Hyles was a devil. Are you?
your "tender," mister?
Oh, I bet you think tenderness is wimpy, right?
145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Chronicles 34:1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
in Jerusalem one and thirty years.
2 And he did that which was right in the
sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither
to the right hand, nor to the left.
3 For in the eighth year of his reign,
while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and
in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places,
and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.
Chronicles 34:20 And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan,
and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the
king's, saying, 21 Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left
in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great
is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have
not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book.
Chronicles 34:26 And as for the king of Judah, who sent you to enquire of the
LORD, so shall ye say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel concerning the
words which thou hast heard;
27 Because thine heart was tender,
and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against
this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before
me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also,
saith the LORD.
28 Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt
be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that
I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought
the king word again.
a man weep with you, and leave feeling like a man, and like Jesus was close because
you wept with him? Do the Good Shepherd's sheep find themselves led into green
pastures by you? Are the waters ever still when you are done with your sermon,
or are the sheep's ears ringing with your rage and torment about their sins and
will blast away 90% of you preachers reading here now-- Can a weak saved man with
a tobacco habit, just laid off his job at the factory, and excommunicated by the
preacher up the street, feel like you are his best friend? Does he know you are
praying for him? Has he ever been picked up and taken for coffee at the local
cafe? Does his ten year boy run up to you and show you his new pocket knife?
if you enforce "pastoral rule" (not taught in the New Testament) and
bash sheep, you will soon be in bed with a whore in your church or laying in Intensive
Care wondering why God slammed you down. God will soon turn to a lying spirit
up yonder, as he did with Ahab and King Saul, and send you a devil to make a damned
fool of you. There is nothing more damned to hell than a bastard
preacher who will not repent of an arrogant hard spirit toward the saints.
us name one such jackboot-- Truman Dollar-- Drove his car up behind the mortuary,
and blew his brains out with a shot gun. He was a preacher boy of GB Vic, who
was a preacher boy of J. Frank Norris. Dollar had a long term lusting phone friendship
with a lady other than his wife. He only admitted it because he was caught.
go be a servant, like your Master was in Galilee.
Assurance for Pastors?
may ask what all of the above has to do with assurance for pastors. I will tell
you. If you are NOT following your Master's example, and if you are blundering
along doing what your preacher buddies do, you HAVE to be uncertain and unsure
of yourself. Follow the Word of God instead of church tradition. Follow Jesus.
Feed sheep. Be the man in your home. Serve. And, you will find assurance from
the Lord who will bless your work for him with fruit that remains.
Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
did the Holy Ghost not promise to do for you?
what way did God arrange for you to live a life of mediocrity?
to work, back to serve, in him you cannot fail. Stop thrashing the sheep. They
are Christ's sheep, so whatever happens will be good in the end if you just SERVE.
CHOOSE TO IGNORE THIS MESSAGE....
want you to visit these web sites. You will find some very unsettling articles
which show that this issue is far bigger than you imagine. If you rebel, you are
part of a massive wave of damnable blasphemous rebellion against the Word of God
and the Holy Ghost.
will burn in hell for bashing up God's sheep. It is impossible that a man should
be a jack boot sheep basher and be born again. Can you imagine God allowing you
to be in the same heaven with the sheep you tortured and maimed? Impossible!
you have suggestions for this discussion?