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PASTORS WHO SIDE WITH SATAN

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Just thought I’d share an experience one of the brothers in our fellowship had the other day.   About three or four times a week, myself and one or two of the brothers from our fellowship will go and open air preach at one of the government offices around the city.  These are offices where people go to receive government assistance in various forms.  They open at 8:00 a.m., but people usually line up in advance starting at about 7:30.  So we usually get there at about that time to minister to those waiting in line.  We’ll pass out tracts, then one of us will preach the gospel for about 15 min, then a brother will give their testimony, and then we’ll talk to those afterwards who would like to talk or who want more information.  This one morning about a week ago I was unable to go because my son was sick with pneumonia.  But one of the brother went ahead by himself and preached that morning at one of the offices.  I called him later to find out how it went.  What he shared with me is a sad commentary that reflects the current state of many “churches” and “pastors” today.  He arrived at the place to preach and another ministry pulled up at the same time as him (something we’ve never actually seen happen before).  He went over and talk to the people, and the pastor in particular, to find out what they would be doing.  They said they were there to give people Starbucks coffee and donuts.  He asked if they would be preaching the gospel to the people, to which the pastor replied, “No way!”  So this brother told him, “we’ll I’m gonna preach to everyone”.  So he proceeded to preach to the gospel.  However, in the middle of his preaching, the PASTOR came over to him and asked him if he would stop preaching.  The pastor told this brother that he wasn’t there to preach to the people but to just give them coffee and some food and to talk to the people.  The amazing thing was, this pastor and those with him weren’t even talking to the people about Jesus!  They were just there to do some humanitarian work, some good deed apart from the name of Christ. This pastor did not like the fact that someone was publicly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and he wanted it to stop.

What a sad day that we live in when professed “pastors” seek to shut down the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They think the gospel is a harsh message that people don’t want to hear.  Instead of possibly offending people with the truth, they would rather leave out the gospel, and the name of Jesus, and pass out food to people dead in their sins and offer them no hope of reconciliation with God.  In seeking to silence the gospel, they are aligning themselves with Satan himself.  Satan is the chief opponent of the gospel and the one who seeks to shut down the proclamation of it at every turn.  When you look at the life of the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts, you see unconverted Jews, under the power and influence of Satan, seeking to persecute Paul wherever he went to silence him from proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.  What this pastor was doing was allowing himself to be a tool of Satan as he tried to stop the gospel from going forth.  But what’s the real reason that many “pastors” and “Christan’s” are unwilling to share the gospel of Christ, whether through evangelism or preaching?  In addition to many of them simply being false converts it’s because people are ashamed of the words of Jesus Christ.  Christians these days love to “do” good works in the name of Christ (even when they don’t share His name), but they don’t really like what Jesus has said.  They find His message offensive and think that it will turn people away from God, and are worried that people will think it’s foolishness.  And the truth is, it IS an offensive  message, and is a foolish one in the eyes of men!  (until God opens their eyes to see it’s beauty!)

For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1Co 1:21)

And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. (Gal 5:11)

God has chose this simple, foolish, offensive message as the means that He uses to save men and reconcile them to Himself.  It is the very message that God has called His people to boldly proclaim; that He might use preaching as His means to convince and convict people of the truth and bring them to Christ.

Like I said, it is a sad day when professing believer protest against the preaching of gospel of Jesus Christ because they don’t want to suffer reproach for His name, or are worried about offending people with the truth. Again, they are simply ashamed of the words of Jesus.  That has to be the overwhelming testimony of much of Christianity today…they’ll gladly take the name of Jesus, but they are ashamed at his words (at least any of them that might possibly be perceived as negative).  They would do well to meditate on and heed the words of Jesus spoken here:

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. (Luk 9:26)

and here:

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  (Mat 10:32-33)

If you are a pastor, and you are reading this, and you find that you yourself don’t like the public preaching of the gospel, and you’re worried of offending people with it’s message, know that you are siding with Satan.  You are a tool in his hand.  Instead of being a tool of Satan, repent of your fear of man, your disdain for the gospel and it’s offense, and be reconciled to God in your thinking and actions.  And be aware that your opposition to the gospel might very well prove that you yourself are still outside of Christ and are in need of salvation.

My advise to those of you who preach who encounter this type of situation (professing Christians who oppose the gospel) is this: First try to politely rebuke them and help the person see their error and the truth about the gospel (who knows, they might get saved!).  But if they persist in their opposition to the gospel (especially while taking the name of Christ), don’t hold back; boldly preach the gospel, and boldly EXPOSE the anti-Christ spirit that is operating through these professing Christians who oppose Christ.  Rebuke them openly and boldly and don’t give those who side with Satan any room to silence the wonderful, beautiful, and eternal gospel of God.  Again, we live in a day when true gospel preaching will be opposed most, and in an increasing measure,  by those religious people who take the name of Christ but hate what He’s said.   Don’t let opposition to the gospel silence you, let it stoke your fire and create in you a greater zeal to see God glorified through your preaching the gospel!

I’ll close with this scripture.  It’s a wonderful picture of one of the last great open air preachers, proclaiming God’s eternal gospel, at the close of this age when God brings this present world in it’s current state to and end.

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 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. (Rev 14:6-7)

To God be the glory!

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Written by Sean Scott

February 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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