Monday, January 15, 2018

After the Tribulation States Project Update

These are the states we have finished so far for After the Tribulation. 29 states down, and 21 to go!

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

The After the Tribulation States Project is a mail campaign to get a copy of the movie, After the Tribulation, into the hands of every independent fundamental Baptist pastor in America, and we are doing this one state at a time. We’ve already completed 29 states, and we have 21 more to go.

We have already done the same thing with two other films, New World Order Bible Versions and Marching to Zion. Virtually every fundamental Baptist church in America got those two DVDs. The packages were sent out to over 6,000 churches, and we are working on doing the same thing with After the Tribulation.

These mail campaigns really work. A great example is Pastor Joe Major in Violet, Louisiana, with whom was had a very successful New Orleans soul-winning marathon back in June. The way he first heard about us was from the New World Order Bible Versions DVD he received as part of the states project. He enjoyed the film, and the rest is history. Brother Major, who was already a dynamic preacher and soul winner, is now post trib, and was a keynote speaker at the Red Hot Preaching Conference in July, as well as at the Post Trib Prophecy Conference in November. These films really are making an impact and helping people.

The pre-trib rapture is a fraud, and many pastors are waking up to that fact. We need to keep the momentum going by getting this important documentary to every IFB pastor in America. Paul Wittenberger and Framing the World are doing this for the absolute minimum cost that it takes to produce the DVD, package it, and mail it out, which works out to only about five dollars per pastor. People can donate at to whichever remaining state they would like to help sponsor. Donating to the After the Tribulation States Project in your home state is a great way to make sure the pastors in your area all get a copy of the film.

“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;” 1 Timothy 5:1

Click here to sponsor a state for the After the Tribulation States Project.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Greg Locke Should Step Down as Pastor

Greg with his new girlfriend. As you can he see, he's really suffering right now.

“This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)” -1 Timothy 3:1-5

Unfortunately, it is becoming the norm for a pastor to get a divorce while pastoring a church, and then just keep on pastoring. Well-known pastor, Greg Locke, got divorced from his wife a couple of months ago and is refusing to step down. I realize he’s a false teacher, but when a pastor who is followed by thousands of people gets divorced and moves on, it sends the message that divorce and remarriage is okay.

Not only is Pastor Greg Locke divorced, but he already has a new girlfriend. He keeps saying that he is "not an adulterer," but he is premeditating adultery by dating another woman. The Bible teaches over and over again that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery.

“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” –Luke 16:18

I’m not down on laymen in the church who have made mistakes in the past. People who are divorced can still serve God, but a pastor is a role model, and has to meet certain biblical qualifications, including ruling his house well.

If your marriage fails, then you have failed as a leader in the most fundamental way. People who get divorced will often say that it’s one hundred percent the other person’s fault, but even if that were the case with Locke, it would still disqualify him from being a pastor.

I know of another pastor whose wife left him, but he did the right thing and stepped down. The people in the congregation respected the fact that he was humble enough to admit his failure, and many of them remained friends with him after he was replaced by a new pastor. If you’re the bishop of a local church, and your marriage fails, please do the honorable thing and step down.

I have a do or die mentality about marriage, but if I ever do get divorced for any reason, I will step down as pastor. If Greg Locke was pastoring for the right reasons, he would resign, but he isn’t. He’s in it for the praise of men, which is why he dresses like a teenager and jumps on the bandwagon with every conservative talking point, whether it’s biblical or not.

Greg with his original wife - what the Bible calls "the wife of his youth."
Here is an older video I did exposing Greg Locke 
Here is my video from yesterday about this current situation

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Baptist Churches Scale Back Soul-winning

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4

I’m disgusted with this new trend in churches where they are scaling back soul winning to once a month! Compare that with our church’s 12 official soul-winning times per week. I’m not taking credit for all of that—there are several different people heading up our various soul-winning times, but the point is that our church does a ton of soul winning.

Lately, whether I am knocking doors in a major city or some isolated small town, I see the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons out in force. You know who I don’t see? I don’t see the lazy Baptists! I talked to an old Indian man on the Apache reservation who said the Baptists used to come years ago, but they’ve stopped coming. There is something wrong with the Baptists in this country when a church 30 miles from an Indian reservation never steps foot there. The Jehovah’s witnesses that were down there said they come twice a week!

The very same church that is failing miserably at reaching people in their area has criticized us for doing the Lord’s Supper a different way than they do. Meanwhile, they’ve done away with weekly soul winning. The world’s going to Hell, yet a lot of Baptist churches only seem to have time to hand out tracts in rich neighborhoods once a month, just so they can get their tithes!

Some churches still knock doors once or twice a week, and that's a great start. Ideally, when a church gets large enough, there should be soul-winning going on every day of the week just like in the book of Acts. When you give people a variety of times to choose from, they are much more likely to average once a week.

Any church that scales back soul winning to once a month is a joke and a social club! Instead of scaling back soul winning, they should be adding more soul-winning times to make it easier for their members to go more often. Meanwhile, our churches and others like us will have to pick up the slack and do more than ever before.

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;” Matthew 9:37

Here is a sermon to go with this article.

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Warning to Men

1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

- 2 Samuel 11:1-4

God has created men with certain drives, motivations, and ambitions. The fact that we are wired to strive, fight, or struggle to do something is why sports are so popular. We all enjoy a good struggle. When David stopped fighting the battles that God wanted him to fight, he started seeking some other conquest, and that conquest was adultery. If you don’t get involved “when kings go forth to battle,” that’s when you’re going to fall into sin.

As men, we are warriors in search of a new conquest. We need to take that thrill-seeking nature and channel that into God’s fight. The guy who is never fighting the Lord’s battle might channel all of his energy into sports or some other hobby and waste too much time accumulating “wood, hay, and stubble.” When those pursuits no longer satisfy, he might end up like David-- seeking thrills with his neighbor’s wife.

People will say that I’m always on a kick, but that’s by design. Whether it’s fighting against a certain false doctrine or going soul winning in some new area, I enjoy taking on new challenges. If I’m going to get excited about a struggle, it’s not going to be over throwing a ball around. It’s going to be between the forces of good and evil.

The Christian life is meant to be so challenging that God compares it to both a sporting event and a physical battle field. Like running a race, contending for the faith can be exciting, but not all of life’s battles are fun. We go through trials and temptations, and we need to understand that those things are in our life for a reason. Pushing through the difficult times is what helps us grow spiritually.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

We have a tendency to say we are in a battle “right now” as if it were temporary, but in reality, the Christian life is one battle after another. We look forward to the end of each battle, but there’s no discharge from this war. It may seem like it would be nice to retire and rest all the time, but people become bored when life is no longer challenging. We need to stay busy for the Lord because "an idle mind is the Devil’s workshop."

Here is a sermon to go with this article.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

No Merch in Church!

13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.

–John 2:13-16

This isn’t one of those stories in the Bible where it just says the thing that someone did displeased the Lord, and we are left to figure out why he didn’t like it. He gave them a clear command here not to make his father’s house a house of merchandise.

Jesus was obviously very angry, but we know that it was a righteous indignation because he is without sin. He didn’t blow his top. He sat outside the temple—possibly for hours-- making a whip, showing that his actions were carefully thought out.

The argument in favor of the church bookstore that I always heard growing up was that we should only sell things that are spiritual. Were they selling spiritual things in verse 16? If you study the Old Testament, people who were traveling to the temple from very far away were told to buy sheep and doves to sacrifice to the Lord. Since God told them to buy these animals in the first place, the only possible explanation for why Jesus was angry was that they were selling them in the wrong place. Notice he didn’t tell them to stop selling the animals; he told them, “Take these things hence.” (hence = from here)

Another argument you might hear is that they weren’t supposed to be making a profit on the animals. That doesn’t make sense either because if you raise livestock for a living, you need to make money just like anyone else. The reason they were making God’s house a “den of thieves” as he says in Matthew 21 is that they were making money unlawfully by selling their merchandise in the wrong place. Jesus didn’t tell them to lower their prices or use the money to send kids to camp. He told them not to do it in God’s house and drove them out with a whip.

This was the angriest you will ever see Jesus during his earthly ministry, and if you study your Bible, you will see that he actually did this on two separate occasions. That’s why our church will never sell you a cup of coffee, a book, or a DVD for any reason. Everything on the shelf is free; we don’t even have a donation box back there. Show up and load up on material, and the only thing I might question you on is, “Do you want paper or plastic?”

Here is a sermon to go with this article.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The House Church Movement

"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, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” - Acts 2:46-47

A church should be an institution that’s growing. I’m not saying that the growth is going to be quick, but there should be some growth there. There’s a movement out there that says church is nothing more than just having friends over for a Bible study. If you want to get together with people to talk about the Bible and sing songs, then by all means do so, but that isn’t church. “House churches” aren’t growing, but what is growing is the tendency to forsake church in favor of something else.

The house church movement is unbiblical. Keep in mind, I’m not talking about a church that starts meeting in a house and then eventually outgrows it. I’m talking about the movement that says that if you ever were to outgrow the house, you should split up the “church” so it can stay small. In the book of Acts, they started with 120 people and grew from there. I don’t know about you, but I can’t fit 120 people in my living room.

Not only is it unscriptural to intentionally stay small, but the typical house church lacks leadership. If God intended for the New Testament church to be a free-for-all where everyone has equal authority, why did he give us such strict qualifications for an elder or bishop? The pastor has to be somebody who’s been in church for a while, has the aptitude to teach, etc.

The house church people will say they are all elders, but are they really qualified? At Faithful Word Baptist Church, we don’t have an overabundance of qualified guys. Even in a church of over 300 people, “faithful men” who are actually qualified to pastor a church are hard to come by. These house churches want to have multiple pastors in their living room, and what they have is too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

What it boils down to is pride. House church proponents don’t want to pour water on the hands of Elijah like Elisha did because they think it would be degrading and demeaning. Elijah wasn’t perfect, but he was a man of God. A smart person like Elisha gets behind a qualified man of God and learns from him.

Not only do house churches lack biblical leadership, but they aren’t following the great commission. The reason they stay small enough to remain in someone’s living room is that they aren’t reaching people. They know they need to read the Bible and fellowship with other believers, but they somehow fail to realize that the church is also a tool to get people saved.

FWBC started in a house, but we were reaching people through door-to-door soul winning. Many got saved, some of them came to church, a few got baptized, and a handful stuck around for the teaching. My family benefited from the preaching during that stage, and we made some good friends, but it wasn’t only about us. After a year and a half, we outgrew the house. If a church has no outreach program and is content to perpetually meet in a house, they have forgotten their first love—if they even had it to begin with.

Here is a sermon to go with this article.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Tony Scheving Exposed (Master's Baptist College - Fargo, ND)

Tony Scheving in Fargo, North Dakota, with Master’s Bible College is a false prophet teaching works salvation. It is disappointing that his advertisements have been featured for years in a well-known independent fundamental Baptist publication called The Sword of the Lord. The college is also endorsed by S.M. Davis  and R.B. Ouellette.

I used to wish someone would tell The Sword of the Lord what this guy believes, but apparently, they don’t care because advertisements for Scheving’s college have been featured in their newsletter for years, even though I exposed that heretic back in 2011. Unfortunately, there are several others just like him, but Scheving is especially dangerous because he’s running a heavily-advertised Bible college.

People sometimes ask me why I’m so hung up on this repentance thing. Some pastors don’t think it’s a big deal, but it IS a big deal because it’s sending people to Hell. People are being taught that salvation isn’t free and that they have to turn from their sins and make Jesus the Lord of their life in order to be saved. As a result of this teaching, people are trusting in their own works and remaining unsaved. When this heresy creeps into a church, they often stop doing door-to-door soul winning, and when they do occasionally deal with someone at the altar, they are presenting a false gospel.

Nowhere in the Bible will you find the phrase “repent of your sins.” I’m sick of the wolves in sheep’s clothing in the independent fundamental Baptist movement and the pastors who are afraid to call them out.

In Tony Scheving’s pamphlet, 7 Steps to God, he says this:

“Salvation is simple, but it’s not shallow. It will cost you something to follow Christ. It may be free, but it cost Christ his life. When you really mean business and want to be saved, you are deciding to walk the ‘narrow road.’”

UGH! Isn’t the definition of free that it doesn’t cost anything!? Yes, everything costs something, but Jesus paid the price for our salvation so it could be a free gift for us.

Here are a few more quotes from Tony Scheving:

“Do you mean business with God? While salvation is free, it’s not cheap.”

“Salvation all boils down to being willing to make Christ the Lord of your life. Are you willing to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Master of your life?”

“Getting saved means repenting of sin and making Jesus Christ the Lord of your life!

"If Jesus isn’t Lord of all, He’s not Lord at all!"

If the Lord had full control of your life, you would never sin, and we know that we are all sinners. Tony Scheving contradicts himself by saying that salvation is free, but that it’s going to cost a lot. As you can see, Scheving isn’t just a little mixed up on the definition of repentance. This lying deceiver teaches a full-blown lordship salvation. Listen to the sermon where I describe "Repentance Spectrum Disorder" to familiarize yourself with the different levels of repent-of-your-sins heresy that are out there, but Tony Scheving is as bad as it gets. He’s a false prophet who needs to be marked and avoided.

Here is the video clip where I exposed Scheving back in 2011:

To help spread the true Gospel in Fargo, North Dakota, show up for the upcoming Soul-winning Mega Marathon there on March 31, 2018, which will be headed up by Pastor David Berzins.