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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!

Written by Sean Scott

February 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm

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  1. I wonder if that fake pastor would have been OK if your friend had given the crowd a positive-thinking-success pep talk? He may not have objected if Joel Osteen had turned up to tell them about the champion inside them. It’s the offense of the Cross he is objecting to.

    ian vincent

    February 27, 2013 at 3:41 am

    • My guess is that there would have been no complaints.

      Sean Scott

      February 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

  2. I was living in Kansas city attending a very large prophetic church there 20 years ago..[ KCF ] when this doctrine emerged…Called SERVANT EVANGELISM. Preaching Jesus was just to caustic….& offensive. A National leader came there to teach us; Steve Sjogren, & he taught us that love was an action, & the doorway to the lost was through serving them! Like handing out free frosty Cokes on a steaming day….Or raking leaves or replacing free light bulbs for the poor….or handing out free hot dogs in the Ghetto. Really, even the name of Jesus was not necessary…..they would know we are Christians by our love.

    Also…it filled up the seats in the auditorium at church. One thing you could do is to ask them to come to Church, which many astonished & curious people would do & even sign up as a member…[ pretty cool crowd..]..which kept the tithes increasing, that greased the gears of the ministry..SUCCESS! NUMBERS! POWER!

    Of course…No Holy Spirit…No conviction of Sin, No Agape love…..but a feel goodism derived from how cool & dedicated you are that you actually are a minister of God.that loves the poor & serves.! Actually, a pure Humanistic Earthbound Gospel…with Jesus reduced to a golf-ball sized entity that one pulls out of his pocket & rubs like a genie when he needs to be happier, wealthier, healthier & blessed! You know…build that mighty army! EVIL & the Gospel of the Devil.

    With the true gospel there will ALWAYS be the offense of the Gospel….that terrible Cross that Jesus willingly bore….& that terrible daily Cross that we must bare to deny ourselves…die to ourselves in order to live to Him… & walk in the Holy Spirit, following Him as we are transformed to become as He…a child of God. Without Conviction of Sinfulness & Corruption there is no Salvation. Without receiving the Atonement ordained alone by God, Jesus’s body & blood in place of my Death & Hell ….I cannot be saved…For there is only One Name in Heaven & Earth…..Jesus…meaning in Hebrew…SALVATION!.

    SO, HOW CAN THEY BELIEVE IF THEY NEVER HEAR? We must expect Satan to attack us in return as we remove his authority over mankind..

    Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. ……………but………..

    ” Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

    All of the Apostles were butchered….& many, many martyrs have ascended. It comes with the territory…THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN!…Glory to the King….Jesus of Nazareth!

    Preach on, brothers, with this in mind….that sinners would be saved from Eternal Death…& Jesus would be enthroned as Lord…& may you be used to rescue many. Love is wanting someone to be with Jesus; not that firelake; it is real, as He is.

    thomaswatkins

    March 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  3. Hi Sean,

    This just happened to my brother that I go out on the streets with. This last Saturday I was ill and couldn’t make it out with him. He went to the city of Derby (UK) and prayed in st peters church before he went out. While he was there he asked for prayer and the priest came up and said “No I won’t pray for you, the shops around this area have been complaining about you preaching”.

    You see this priest is a chaplain who visits the local businesses and gives a word of encouragement and the like (nothing wrong with this by the way) – the problem is that he doesn’t like the offense of the cross because these people had rejected the gospel they had been giving the priest a hard time about it.

    Andy that day went out and gave around 500 tracts, preached the gospel and brought two people to the Lord who took bibles. God bless him – but none of that would have happened if he had took the advice of the “priest!?”

    What priest of God would tell someone to not go out on the street? One of the things used against him was that he doesn’t have backing from any church to do what he is doing…(Even though Christ Jesus told us to go out and preach the gospel and on another occasion Christ told His disciples to shout from the house tops what He tells them in secret)

    Andy said to him before he went out – “Jesus told us to preach the word in season and out of season, how will these people on the streets ever hear the gospel of salvation if they never come into a church – someone has to take it to them?” –

    The priest just waved his hand as if to dismiss him

    Colin Saxton

    April 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    • “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matt 5:11,12

      It can be disheartening that supposed believers oppose the preaching of the gospel, but you can rejoice when you experience the persecution that Jesus speaks of for His names sake. If the Lord is leading you to street preaching, then be bold and faithful to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. People are always going to come against you, it just comes with the calling and territory. Not always, but very often, if religious people are coming against you for doing something that Jesus commanded us to do, you are probably doing something right.

      I was in the UK several years ago and open air preached for 10 days. Here’s a short report I wrote about the time there. You mentioned that your friend preached in Derby. Is that where you live?

      http://www.preachingjesuschrist.com/london-trip-report.html

      Sean Scott

      April 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      • Hi Sean, your post about your London mission is something that we are very familiar with. Myself and Andy preach in the middle of Birmingham, UK, near the bullring and at the same time around 20 meters away there is always a table setup with around 4 or 5 Muslims handing out their leaflets.

        Some days it passes with very little said between us and other days their head man feels the need to try and shout us down…the main doctrine which stirs the hearts of Muslims is to tell them that Jesus is God. Use Isaiah 9:6, John 8 (all of it) backed up with the gospel of grace…stay calm when speaking to them … get ready for them to say that the bible has been changed…their favourite tactic…

        Also bought this item

        AKER 2800 ABS Portable Voice Amplifier Waistband Speaker Megaphone 16 Watts by Koolertron

        This was money well spent…allows you to be heard loud and clear and it leaves your hands free to hand out tracts and hold your bible.

        Colin Saxton

        April 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      • Hi Sean,

        In a previous post you baptized Blake…Could you read my latest post to do with the first works? The reason I ask this – How did your gathering of brothers and sisters progress from just worship to baptizing believers into the group? In acts people were ordained by the apostles. There is one reference to the disciples baptizing with Jesus with them. If you want to contact me directly then please email me at colin dot saxton at gmail dot com.

        Thanks,

        God bless

        Colin Saxton

        April 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      • I just read your blog post and for the most part I agree with what Mark wrote when he spoke of Jesus command for believers to go and preach the gospel and to baptize the believers. As Ian said, we don’t baptize believers into our group, we baptize believers in Christ.

        I personally had a very similar experience to your when I was born-again. Once I read about being baptized in the scriptures, it was something I wanted/had to do. It wasn’t burdensome, it as a joy to do so. It seems that should be the case with anyone who’s experience salvation and who loves Jesus.

        Sean Scott

        May 1, 2013 at 5:39 am

  4. Just let me comment on “baptizing believers into the group” : we would all agree that no one is baptized into a group or any particular grouping of Christians (and absolutely not into a denomination) and the command to make disciples and baptize them is for all believers.

    Good question re: Elders were ordained by Apostles, or under Apostolic direction (like Titus). That’s a good issue to resolve today.

    ian vincent

    April 30, 2013 at 12:08 am

    • Hi Ian, you are absolutely right…we are baptized as a confession that Christ is Lord and baptism is a symbol of us dying and raising from the dead…the believer before baptism has already come to a saving Faith in Christ…or should I say, should have a saving Faith in Christ

      Colin Saxton

      April 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

    • There are so many arguments on the web about baptism…some say you need it for salvation others say you don’t…I can only tell you of my experience. When I came to saving Faith in Christ I had the over shelling urge to get baptized. It is the will of the Holy Spirit that you get baptized, mat 3:15. When Paul was baptized he was told to call on the name of the Lord to wash away his sins…1Peter3:21 also speaks of baptism as a saving work…

      Colin Saxton

      April 30, 2013 at 7:27 am

  5. Indeed, the inner urge to get baptized is a profound, genuine desire to obey the command of the Lord Jesus to be baptized and thus it is one proof that a person is born again. That would be the genuine motive. But if a person had an urge to get baptized bcos they believed that if they died before they could get into the water they would go to hell (and that is why it is urgent for them) then their faith is in their works.

    We always make it clear to people that after a person professes faith in the Lord that their confession can only be taken as genuine if they are willing to be baptized, and we don’t let them partake of the Lord’s Table until then.

    ian vincent

    April 30, 2013 at 9:05 am

    • That is a wise way to put forward baptism to those who are professing Christ. God bless you Ian…

      Colin Saxton

      April 30, 2013 at 9:32 am

    • Also 1 peter 3:21 can be viewed in the way that James expounds his belief in works of faith –

      James 2:18-20 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

      Here I believe James is saying that he does the works (those works that a professing people of God would do) because he is saved not to get saved. And one can view 1peter3:21 in the same way. If you are professing Christ as your Lord and Saviour then what is stopping you from being baptized?

      Jesus Christ said Mat10:32-33 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.

      Is it that they feel ashamed to profess Christ through baptism…again Jesus teaches

      Luke 9:26 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.

      In todays churches we have unbelievers even invited to break bread even before professing Christ…the ignorance of the word of God is staggering.

      Colin Saxton

      April 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

  6. Yeah bro, it shows the amazing wisdom of God. To preach repent and be baptized is gonna sort out the wheat from the chaff right there, most of the time. As soon as we trade the wisdom of God for the wisdom of man we immediately find we have much more problems on our hand than necessary. If we make the door wider than it really is then our time gets wasted with fake Christians.

    ian vincent

    April 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm


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