To a Church
This site is
devoted to drawing leaders into Scripture to find Jesus Christ, the One who
does beautifully phenomenal things for those who believe in Him, who
believe in Him so authentically that they actually do what He
says. Yes, I firmly believe that most individuals in Christian
leadership today have sold themselves out to the World and, yes, as servants
of Cain do not do what Christ says.
Since I make what may be
considered quite an audacious claim, you may consider credentials have
some weight: I have been enveloped by mainstream Protestant thought and
practice for my entire life. I have held a number of sustained, prominent
church leadership and ministry positions. I have a Master's Degree in
Social Sciences from a major mainline evangelical university.
does not rest,
however, on worldly qualifications, but on proclamation of the Word of
God. My only desire is to share things I truly believe God means in His
word, things that many pastors, ministers, and elders have abjectly dismissed or
reinterpreted so they may anxiously gird their little God clubs.
The issue is not at
all what I say, but what He says, and those words are the ones that pass
the test. They are there for anyone to see -- they are not esoteric in any way.
All I want to do
is humbly point people to those words. That's all. I firmly consider,
however, that the faith once given to the saints has been terribly
corrupted, and the leaders of most "churches" today have brashly allowed the
World to dictate what they say and do. This short-circuits what
God would do to bring people into the Kingdom through those who name
His Name. My heart breaks every time I hear the all too common
complaint, "The church is no different from the world." I really think I know why people say this.
I'd like to extend
an invitation before you read further. Whatever you think about my
assertions, I would like to ask that you share with me the best critique
you have, however brief or elaborate it is. If what I say here about
God's word is true, then moving heaven and earth won't make it
any less true. If what I say is wrong, a million angels saying I'm right
won't matter. I'd like to be fully honoring His word, but if I'm not, I'd like to know
why. If you think I'm wrong, if I'm missing something, please let me know. My email address is
here. Thank you.
May I begin by
offering an illustration. A married pastor of a church is having a
lengthy adulterous relationship with another woman but it is kept so
secret that no one else knows about it. He preaches, he ministers, he
counsels, he administers the affairs of the church, and he does so
deftly in all regards. All the while he never intends to end the
relationship with this other woman, and vigilantly maintains an
During this time
his congregants claim to be inspired by his powerful words, touched by
his deep caring, instructed by his insightful wisdom, and captivated by
his devout example. From 9 to 5, six days a week he is indeed a man of
God doing godly things.
Now, what do
you think about this individual, knowing what you know? Furthermore,
what do you think about what is going on in his church? Does it
matter what he does in the darkness as long as people are receiving
salvation, building their faith, getting their souls stirred?
If you answer no,
it doesn't matter, then what I
bring up here may be
meaningless. I believe that a pastor with such a view will continue to wallow in
his own rationalizing interpretation of Scripture, worshipping his own
Jesus who keeps him feeling good about the associations that keep his
God club humming, and shrugging about the pain and despair he may still wish
he could do something about.
If, however, you
answered yes, it does matter, then maybe you genuinely desire
that understanding. Of course you may
be wondering, "What is the point of the illustration if I'm not in an
adulterous relationship?" Well, the fact is, you may be in such
a relationship. While
it is not with a woman, it may very well be with
In Scripture, God
equated adultery with a woman and adultery with the World so many
times that it is very hard to miss. But what does that mean, "adultery
with the World"? The fact is, any time someone enters into a contract with
someone to provide something that God would otherwise fully provide,
that person is betraying his belief -- his very trust and faith in God.
There are many
examples of such contracts, and they are perfectly legitimate for those
who are still sinners and require the force of law to manage their
evildoing. I am not contesting their value for such individuals in any
way. World System contracts are beneficial and even necessary for
those without Christ. But they are detrimental for the follower of Christ.
The one I would
like the pastor to think carefully about is the 501c3 contract his
church has made with the government. All I can ask you to do is to think
carefully about it, and reconsider its merits as a redeemed child of God
by the blood of Christ. I have an entire section in my website that
covers many of the issues regarding a 501c3 contract. You may go
directly there by clicking
Again, if you believe it is no big deal that the pastor hide his
adulterous relationship, then you'll dismiss this readily. You may
certainly do that, because you properly consider non-profit
incorporation necessary for the sin management of your church's
leadership and congregation. That's what a 501c3 is there for. It is
indeed dangerous for a group that is not under the protection of
Christ to abandon it, for such persons must have these rules in
steer their behavior.
I should add respectfully that if you are firmly and volitionally convinced you must
be registered as a subdivision of the Roman Catholic Church (which is
what a 501c3 essentially signifies), then this letter is not intended for you
in any way. I do not presume such an individual is committing adultery, as
he is faithfully
wed to his beloved, merely doing what he has vowed to do and
wishes to continue doing.
On the other hand, if you believe
the follower of Jesus should actually live by the Truth and Grace that
is Jesus Christ, if you think that he should receive his protection and
provision 100% from the God who gives freely and bountifully, if you feel
that there are actually people who would really desire to love one another in an
Acts 2 community, then take some time to deliberate thoughtfully,
prayerfully, Scripturally, and corporately about this. Think hard about
what it really means to be a friend of the World in ways that most
pastors just slough off as the cost of doing business. Any way that makes an
individual a friend of the World, no matter how traditionally
wholesome, is still a way that makes him an enemy of God.
pastors wonder how they could get out of a 501c3 when they are convinced
it is a vital part of their livelihood. They consider that people
wouldn't give money to support them if that 501c3 wasn't there. I always
ask them, "Is it really true that God won't provide for you from the
generosity of loving people if you, or even they, aren't
contracted with the World? Is that true? Do you really dismiss
His giving and sowing that easily?"
issue is much less about you, but about Him and trusting in Him fully to provide all good things. Furthermore, it is about those with whom you have been
entrusted to care for on His behalf. They listen to you, and they listen to you
whether you are engaged in adultery or not. I humbly ask, how would you rather it be?
merely desires fellowship with Matthew 10 individuals
"Return, faithless people,"
declares the Lord, "for I am your husband... Then I will give you
shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and
understanding." (Jeremiah 3:14-15)
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