Steve, you are doing a disservice by writing that article. If you have an issue
with a certain pastor or brother in the Lord this is not the way to display it!
I used some personal
experiences, which came to us with the Lord's permission, because I believe the
Lord was trying to wake me up and show me that the Fundamental Independent Baptist
movement, along with all of modern Christendom, is now going whole hog into Laodicean
decay. This does not include all local churches of course, but there are far too
many to now pass off these pig pens as a minority.
I consulted with several pastors and evangelists who were not within my circle
of friends, and they encouraged me to do the articles. About 85% of the illustrations
in this section are from these men, not me. There are some very evil men who have,
I think within the past 20 years, determined that the local churches are a great
place to shear sheep close, goof off, and generally play the fool. They have learned,
like Benny Hinn in Charis-mania, to say the things and even go to the right schools
which give them credibility.
If you think these men should not be exposed, then I must assume you are one of
man of God in the Lord's Church, who is godly, is groaning over the direction
of ALL the fellowships. Pastors are standing back from old associations and "going
it alone" with the few in their small church fellowships. A godly pastor avoids
almost all associations with pastoral groups and fellowships. He has friends among
pastors to be sure, but they are few.
So, your ignorance of reality, or your defense of the wicked, means nothing to
me friend. In fact, your complaint does not recommend you very well. This sounds
just like another jackboot squealing in pain. I hope that is not the case.
Who did Jesus speak
"woe" to the most? The Pharisees, who were the "Fundamentalists" of his day. You
who want me to lay off of these Fundamental pastors yell "Amen" if I deal with
Benny Hinn and Chuck Swindol, but if I touch your friends like Jack Hyles or Lee
Roberson, and expose their adultery and greed, you scream "off sides."
7:13 (KJV) But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel,
and it is the king's court.
14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I
was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer
of sycomore fruit:
15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the
LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
16 Now therefore hear
thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop
not thy word against the house of Isaac.
17 Therefore thus saith the LORD;
Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall
fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in
a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
Maybe you need to repent
of something you read on the Jackboot section. Is that possible? A pastor in Pennsylvania
wrote me just after I posted that set of articles and confessed that he had seen,
by the conviction of the Holy Ghost, that he was a Jackboot just like what I described.
He wanted to leave the ministry and go sell insurance. I told him to confess sin
to his people, and if they wanted him to stay, he should go on to by a faithful
pastor. He did repent and is rejoicing in fellowship with the people he serves--
a hireling who became a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.
Are you sorry that happened? If so, you must not be born again.
I have also received many e-mails from people attending Jackbooted local churches,
and they want to know what to do. I tell them not to tear the church apart. Go
to the pastor and lovingly rebuke him. If he rebels, move on. This is happening
in Bible believing churches all over the world, from Seattle to Singapore to the
Outback of Australia. You are ignorant of this I gather. I deal with it all the
time, and your tender mercies for the wicked mean nothing to me. YOU are the one
with a problem. Get your Mennonite tender feelings up and into the zeal mode for
a change, and DEFEND the flock of God instead of the hireling. Menno Simon was
NOT a pacifist with the murderous church leaders of the Reformed movement. He
condemned them soundly.
And you? Huh?
REPENT! Get off your defensive high horse and see what Jackboot aspects are in
139:20 (KJV) For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy
name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I
grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect
hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
You don't have to agree with me because I am convinced. I am not your guru. But,
you have NO idea what you are talking about. That section was written to expose
and correct a problem, NOT for me to vent my wrath. Using that old saw simply
shows that YOU are under conviction in this area.
3:18 (KJV) When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest
him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save
his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I
require at thine hand.
33:9 (KJV) Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if
he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered