Friday, October 6, 2017
I really like the new KJVRVG app for iPhone and Android. First of all, it has the entire New Testament read by Brother Domonique Davis who is a member of our church. It has very high sound quality as it was recorded in a studio. Sometimes when Brother Domonique is reading the scriptures, he yells and really gets into it, which is great.
I’m personally a strong believer in listening to the audio Bible. Obviously, we should also pick up a physical Bible and read it, but personally, I learn a lot more through listening. Some people are visual learners and other people are more auditory learners, and that’s me. I grew up listening to Alexander Scourby reading the Bible on cassette, so those recordings will always have a special place in my heart. Honestly though, listening to Domonique’s rendition is even better.
Just to have the audio New Testament read by Domonique Davis at your fingertips would be reason enough to love this app, but there are a lot of other cool features. The entire New Testament in Spanish is also included. Hundreds of hours went into making these recordings, and we get to enjoy the app for free. I especially enjoy listening to the Greek New Testament. It is the Textus Receptus read by a native Greek speaker. French, Hindi, and Portuguese are other languages you can hear the N.T. being read in on the app.
One of the best things about the app is that it includes the plan of salvation in many different languages. After you win someone to the Lord, you can help them download the KJVRVG app, so that they can start listening to the New Testament right away and growing in the Lord. If the person is a Navajo speaker, they are likely to appreciate the fact that the app features music in their native language.
Our Navajo hymn collection along with all of the other hymn recordings put out by our church are all right there in the app. Verity Baptist Church recently recorded a Spanish hymn CD, which is also included.
A lot of work has been put into this project, and from what I hear, they are going to add even more resources. I am looking forward to future updates, but the app is already awesome. Collin Schneide and company did a great job creating this new app.
Download it now and take advantage of this quality resource. Don’t forget to help them out by giving the app a 5 star review.
Here is the website for the application
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Unfortunately, most churches today aren’t on the soul-winning program Jesus and the Apostle Paul were on, which involved taking the Gospel to every town and village. Soul-winning efforts are often limited to a church’s own city or zip code. Churches send missionaries overseas to the uttermost parts of the earth, but what about reaching their Judea and Samaria?
The typical Baptist church is supporting foreign missionaries and maybe even a church plant in a distant city, but who is going to reach the people who live within a few hours of the church? There are tiny towns all across America where there isn’t one Baptist church in the entire town, or if there is, it’s a dead-as-a-doornail church that doesn’t knock doors.
FWBC’s Small Town Soul-Winning Program
People in big cities are more likely to have had their door knocked by a soul winner at some point than someone who is living in a one-horse town. Here at Faithful Word Baptist Church, we are taking responsibility for every small town and Indian reservation in the state of Arizona. It would be great if other churches in our area did the same thing, but I just don’t think it is happening. An elderly man living on a remote Indian reservation recently told me that it has been 15-20 years since a Christian has knocked on his door, but that the JWs and Mormons come by on a regular basis.
Of course, we concentrate on our own local area, which is our first responsibility. Local soul-winning is important for church growth, but we also need to reach people in places that aren’t getting their doors knocked at all by anyone other than false prophets. When we go soul-winning here in Tempe, Arizona, there is a much better chance that those people will show up to our church, but soul-winning is about getting people saved, even if they will never come to church.
Do You Live in a Small Town?
If you live in a small town that doesn’t have a soul winning church you probably have a decent church within driving distance, and I hope you have the character to make the drive. It's even better if you show up to one of your church’s soul winning times, but most likely that church you are commuting to will never reach your neighborhood. Just because people in your town may not understand why you drive so far to church doesn’t mean you should let them all die and go to Hell. Do some soul winning of in your own area, perhaps with a friend who lives near you.
When you knock doors in an area that is kind of far from the church you are representing, go ahead and hand them the church invitation as an icebreaker, but maybe don’t focus so much on inviting them to church. Most of the time they won’t fixate on the location if you just name the church and don’t mention the city. If they do notice and balk at the location, you can say something like, “I know it’s far, but to us, it’s worth the drive..." "Hey listen, more important than church, do you know for sure if you died today that you would go to Heaven?”
Does your Church Reach Small Towns?
I challenge Christians everywhere to get a burden for small towns. When you reach out to people who will probably never do anything for you, you are demonstrating true biblical charity. Perhaps you can show up to one of our soul-winning marathons, or maybe you can help your church organize its own small town soul-winning event.
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
When we knock doors on the Navajo reservation and ask people if they are Christians, some of them will tell us they believe in “peyote religion” or “Native American Church.” Many Native Americans have been deceived into thinking that the so-called Native American Church is their ancient tradition, when it is really a modern invention.
The Native American religion of today is not a traditional religion but a brand new religion from just over a hundred years ago. It is nothing more than a mixture of Christianity and paganism, with a drug thrown in. A guy by the name of John Wilson, who was part Indian and part white, was one of the main founders of peyote religion back in the 1890’s.
The Native American Church does not predate Christianity but is a copycat and perversion of it. They believe in one God even though their pagan ancestors were probably polytheistic, they call peyote a “sacrament,” and they have a “communion” breakfast, which includes modern foods like hash browns and individually wrapped candies. Not only does the Native American church use Christian and Catholic terminology, but do you really think they had any of these things hundreds of years ago? Christian holidays and school graduations are cited as some of the reasons they might hold one of their all-night church services. Ceremonies require a priest, pastor, or elder. A participant takes peyote and sits up all night in these services as part of a sacrifice to the Great Spirit AND HIS SON. They ask the Great Spirit or Great Grandfather to come into their heart, and they talk about being reborn (i.e. born again).
The Native American religion is embraced by various tribes, but the tribe with the most practitioners is the Navajo tribe. The Devil has deceived the Navajo people into rejecting true Christianity and calling it the white man’s religion. Horses and sheep are just a couple of examples of “traditions” the Indians are known for but did not have before the Spaniards arrived. A lot of Native American traditions are relatively new, including the peyote religion.
The truth is that Navajo people don’t even know what their traditional religion was because they had no written language until the 1930’s when Christian missionaries gave them their written language. If Indians were so good at preserving their religion orally, then why do they give such diverse answers when asked what they believe? And why were they so quick to dramatically change their traditions and embrace the goofball peyote religion in the late 1800s? If their pagan religion was so great, why did their modern peyote religion choose to adopt “Christian morality?”
Even if peyote really were the traditional religion, the Devil uses the concept of tradition in order to blind people to the truth of the Gospel. He is transformed into a minister of light, and he deceives different people in different ways. No matter what your nationality, if you come from a heathen family, you will have to choose between the traditions of your fathers and the God of the Bible.
Any religion that does not confess Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the only way to Heaven is of the Devil, but some still might question whether or not the Native American religion is demonic. The “ghost dance” was a big movement back in the 1880s where Indians were trying to communicate with and get help from the great chiefs of the past. John Wilson and others involved in founding the Native American church participated heavily in this ghost dance. The Bible condemns communicating with the dead, calling it "necromancy," and puts it in the same category with witchcraft and sorcery.
The so-called traditional Native American religion involves a plant (peyote) that people in Arizona had never even seen until about a hundred years ago. People who take peyote are no more entering the spirit world than some hippie taking LSD. We all have dreams, and when you use certain drugs, you’re just tapping into that same imagination while you’re awake. It’s a chemical called mescaline that’s inside the cactus that’s making people see things that aren’t there. That said, it is possible that some of them are inviting in evil spirits while under the influence of drugs.
People have a tendency to take pride in their nationality, and the Devil uses that pride to keep them from getting saved. He also uses counterfeit experiences to satisfy mankind’s desire for spiritual things. We need to shine the glorious light of the Gospel on Native Americans and make it clear to them that Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Here is a sermon on reaching the Navajo Nation.
Here is a sermon against the so-called Native American Church
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Nowhere in the Bible does it say we are saved through a personal relationship with God. In fact, the word relationship is not even found in the Bible. Obviously, the concept of a relationship between God and man is there because the Bible teaches that we should love God and have fellowship with him, but there is a difference between being saved and having a relationship with God. Using the word “relationship” when referring to salvation is problematic because it implies that being saved is an ongoing process.
Whenever people come at me with this “personal relationship” thing, I talk about the fact that I have a relationship with my wife and that it takes work. If either of us stops putting forth an effort, we won’t have a proper relationship, but that doesn’t mean we are no longer married. In fact, we could be legally married and have no relationship at all. Another example I use is the relationship between a parent and child. If one of my children grows up and wants nothing to do with me, I might no longer have a relationship with that child, but that doesn’t change the fact that they are still my son or daughter.
We are born into God’s family by faith, not works, and because we have a free will, a relationship is optional. God created us to have fellowship with him, and if we don’t have that fellowship, we will be punished, but we can't lose our salvation.
Salvation is a free gift, but our walk with the Lord takes work. It’s a daily thing. There will be times when you are out of fellowship with him because of unconfessed sin, and you’ll need to take care of that in order to restore the relationship.
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:6-9
People have a hard enough time grasping the simplicity of salvation, and using unbiblical terms will further confuse the issue. When we knock on doors and ask people if they know for sure they are on their way to Heaven, they’ll often say, “Yeah, I pray every day.” The reason they think that will get them to Heaven is that they sit in a liberal church and constantly hear that "you need to have a personal relationship with Christ to be saved.”
A lot of people feel like they already have a relationship with God, but we need to make it clear that they need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ to be saved. Using Bible words like “saved” and “born again” makes it easier to explain to people that salvation is a one-time event and that it’s all by faith.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. – Exodus 18:14-18
Moses was spending the whole day trying to solve everyone’s problems, and his father-in-law, Jethro had to point out to him that it just wasn’t sustainable in the long term. Leaders need to delegate--not so we can sit around and do nothing--but so we can be freed up to do other work. We will get burned out if we try to do everything, so the easier, simpler things should be delegated to someone else.
As a pastor of a growing church, I don’t have time to handle every e-mail and every phone call, so I let other people handle some of those things, and it frees me up to work on other projects. It’s like that with other jobs too. People who own businesses or are in management positions have to delegate the more menial tasks to their employees in order to make time to do what only they can do.
Letting go of control is difficult for a lot of us. We think that if we want something done right, we have to do it ourselves. I’m sure Moses was better at judgment than most of the people he appointed as judges, but it just didn’t make any sense for him to do it all himself. We all need to know our limitations and prioritize accordingly.
This concept was also addressed in the New Testament in Acts Chapter 6. The apostles didn’t have time to take care of some of the daily ministrations, so they appointed deacons to take care of those other responsibilities. The result of the church getting more organized was that the Word of God increased. Just like in the book of Acts, our church can grow and accomplish more if we are able to keep up with everything we need to do at our current size.
There are always going to be critics. Absalom stole the people’s hearts by pointing out the fact that David didn’t have time for them, but one man couldn’t possibly be expected to personally deal with that many people. Martha criticized Mary for listening to Jesus instead of helping her serve food. We don’t have time to do everything in life, so we have to prioritize.
If you aren’t in a leadership position, you can be a blessing to someone who is by taking on some of the workload. Whether you are a child, an employee, or a laymen in the church, don’t always invoke the higher authority to take care of every little thing that you can do yourself. If you are in some kind of leadership position, don’t be afraid to delegate. When we delegate responsibility we aren’t just helping ourselves. We are teaching others learn how to do the work, so that they can move up the ranks and continue the work after we pass on.
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." - 2 Timothy 2:2
Here is a sermon on delegating responsibility.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Raising children and keeping house is a lot of work, and a lot of ladies are getting burned out because they are doing too much. They are struggling with the demands of running a household when they could be delegating a lot of it, and I don’t mean they should be delegating it to their husbands. If my wife asks me to do something like take out the trash, I tell her to have one of the kids do it. I didn’t sire nine children, so I could take out the trash or pick up after the family dog. I did my time shoveling dung and mowing the lawn. It’s not that I’m lazy. I just want to do other more important work. Not only that, but children need to get used to working.
A lot of people today look down on the idea of giving children household chores. They act like it is some terrible thing when older kids are expected to help care for their younger siblings. People think children should have a childhood of just playing, but what they don’t realize is that doing work actually makes people happy. Kids think that they would rather play all day while their parents wait on them hand and foot, but in the long run, learning to be productive will lead to a more satisfying life.
At first, we have to do everything for our children, but as they get older, they should be given some responsibilities. Even a toddler can be taught to start helping out with small tasks around the house. Yes, it’s easier to do things ourselves sometimes, but it is important that kids are learning how to work. In the beginning it’s harder, but in the long run, it will make your life easier. If your children are 10 and 12 years old, and you are still doing all of the laundry, dishes, and yardwork, I say to you what Jethro said to Moses in Exodus 18:
“The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.”
A household runs more smoothly when everyone does their part. Dad works a job to support the family, but Mom shouldn’t be wearing herself out by doing all of the housework herself. An older child with a younger sibling should be taught to get his little brother a drink of water or tie his shoes when needed instead of always expecting the parent to do every little thing.
It’s not that parents should sit around and do nothing, but we need to prioritize. There are certain things that only we as adults can do, and we ought to do those things and delegate the rest. Like Moses, a lot of us have a tendency to take too much on when we really could use a little help.
Here is a sermon on “Delegating Responsibility.”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|Missionary Vince Larue (photo courtesy of YouTube)|
Vince Larue is a phony missionary who exemplifies everything that is wrong with IFB missions. He is the quintessential false teacher and a lazy “moochinary.” Before Larue was sent out as a missionary, he admitted that he had never made more than ten dollars an hour, but he is doing a lot better financially these days thanks to IFB churches across America.
Larue is not a church planter or the pastor of a church, and he doesn’t exactly have a reputation for knocking a lot of doors. He was basically sent out to attend a Ruckmanite college to learn Spanish, which he had supposedly already learned. I guess he needed to be trained to better articulate Ruckman’s bizarre teachings in the exact Chilean dialect.
The people at the church Larue attends in Chile might be surprised to hear that “Vicente,” as he calls himself on Facebook, was overheard saying in front of a few people that, “Hispanic people just don’t understand the Bible.” This was said in the context of a conversation about Spanish Bible versions. LaRue hates the Reina Valera Gomez version and has called its translator, Dr. Humberto Gomez, a "gringo." Vince has also criticized my good friend, Pastor Roger Jimenez, rudely calling into question his intelligence. Ironically, Larue seems to have a disdain for Spanish-speaking Christians.
The people of Chile need the gospel, and Vince LaRue wants you to think he’s the great white hope that’s going to save them. He wants you to think he has a special burden for South Americans, but I doubt that's the case. The truth is that Valdivia, Chile, happens to be home to a Ruckmanite college, which was the real reason Larue was conveniently “called” to that location. For all we know, that could be the only Ruckmanite school on foreign soil.
In a recent missions letter, Larue laments the fact that his tracts are getting wet and cites rain as his "most consistent adversary." Why doesn’t he focus on actually talking to people? To be honest, I’m glad he doesn’t do much one-on-one witnessing because Vince is not even saved. I have had discussions with him in the past where he has said some pretty weird stuff. The guy is an extreme hyper-dispensationalist who has told me that people in the Old Testament could lose their salvation by shaving their beards.
Vince doesn’t just believe in dispensational salvation. Like most sign-holding street preachers, he preaches that you must repent of your sins to be saved. He mocks the true Gospel, calling it “neutered” and compares independent Baptists who preach right on salvation to Billy Graham. He has talked out of both sides of his mouth about repentance with me and others in the past, but he has recently come out as a full-blown repent-of-your-sins preacher by calling the free gift of salvation a “false gospel.”
“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Matthew 12:34
Of course there are some legitimate missionaries out there winning souls, but unfortunately, there are plenty of others who are as bad as Vince Larue. Unless you are a socialist who wants to pay anyone and everyone to go to school, you probably don’t want the money you put in the offering plate to feed greedy missionaries who teach works salvation. Friends, please get to know the missionaries you support, and pull the plug on Larue and others like him.
“Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Philippians 3:19
Here is a sermon on Common Sense Missions.
Monday, August 7, 2017
The soul-winning marathon in Toronto was our first ever event in Canada, and it was a huge success in a lot of ways. Several Canadians, especially my friends Rob and Shane in Toronto, have been faithfully attending soul-winning marathons here in the U.S., and they have been trying to get me up there to Canada for a long time. They finally talked me into it, even though I thought there was a pretty good chance that I wouldn't be allowed to enter Canada.
If the U.K. and South Africa didn’t let me in, it didn’t seem like Canada would either, based on the Canadian government’s reputation for being extremely liberal. Soul-winning marathons are about preaching the Gospel, which is not illegal there, but I was still expecting them to ban me like those other places had.
When I got to the airport, they scanned my passport and put some special markings on it. They took me aside and searched me, and I was thoroughly interrogated. They asked if there was any “hate propaganda” on my computer, and I said, “It’s possible, depending on what you mean by that.” I explained that we weren’t going to be displaying or handing out anything like that, but I really thought it was over at that point because there were videos on my personal computer that many would consider controversial.
They asked for my passwords, and they took my phone and laptop into another room for about 45 minutes to go through the files on my personal devices. Apparently, there was nothing that offended them because after scouring my computer and phone, they just came back and let me through.
On that first Thursday we just had fun and saw the sights. Friday was the soul-winning marathon, which started in the morning. The forecasts predicted a high chance of rain and thunderstorms all day, but the rain held off until after the marathon. We said we were going to quit at 4:30 in the afternoon, and right at 4:30 there was a torrential downpour. My soul-winning partner and I were standing under a roof talking to someone when the storm finally came, so that worked out well.
I had been booked to preach that night in a hotel conference room. Over 100 people showed up, and the title of my sermon was “Emphasizing What God Emphasizes.” We performed baptisms afterward in the hotel swimming pool, and a total of 29 people got baptized, which was a new record for a soul-winning marathon.
There was a great spirit among the Canadian Christians up there. In fact, a total stranger actually approached us in Panera Bread right before we left for soul winning, saying she wished she was a part of our group because we had such great energy! She was a Christian lady who ended up going to the Babylon USA movie the next day. There were more than 90 people at the movie on Saturday morning, including several who were not able to take off work for the soul winning event the day before. I met a lot of great people during my visit that I hope to see again.
The Bible says, “Mine eye affecteth mine heart,” and I believe that it was God’s will for me to go to Canada. You can hear about a place, but it’s always different to actually see and experience it. God really gave me a burden for the people of Canada. Canada is a melting pot, and we were able to talk to people from all over the world. The totals for the trip were over 90 people out soul winning, 46 people saved, and 29 baptized. The people were much more receptive than I expected, and I am hoping to be able to go back and do more work there in the future.
Here is a sermon inspired by the people I met in Canada called "The Righteous Remnant."
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
You are probably familiar with the above passage, but did you know that every chapter of 1 & 2 Thessalonians mentions the second coming of Christ? We now have a brand new DVD set available called “The Books of the Thessalonians.” This set of two DVDs goes through the eight chapters of 1 and 2 Thessalonians with an emphasis on end-times prophecy. In the sermons included on these DVDs, I go through each chapter verse by verse, leaving no stone unturned.
The Thessalonians series is a great companion to the Revelation series, which was produced back in 2013. If you have already watched that series, this is the one to watch next to take your understanding of Bible prophecy to the next level. This new DVD set demolishes the pre-tribulation rapture using 1 and 2 Thessalonians alone.
Director and producer, Paul Wittenberger, really hit it out of the park with this one. There are multiple camera angles and plenty of Bible verse graphics and other interesting graphics. These extras really enhance the sermons, creating an enjoyable viewing experience that will even hold a child’s attention. Like several previous DVDs I’ve been involved in producing, “The Books of the Thessalonians” includes the plan of salvation after the credits.
This set would make the perfect gift for an unsaved friend or family member who is interested in end-times prophecy. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear about someone who got saved after watching one of our videos. If you know someone who is saved, but is “pre-trib,” this series is also for them because it debunks that false teaching. This puts the final nail in the coffin of the pre-trib rapture!
The shelves are stocked here at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona with this exciting new DVD set. The Books of the Thessalonians can be picked up for free here at our church or, if you live too far away to come visit, you can purchase it from Paul Wittenberger on his website: Framingtheworld.com
Click here to watch the official trailer.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,” Ephesians 6:19
The fact that the Apostle Paul had this prayer request means that there is a tendency for us not to want to go soul winning. What we all need is more boldness. To be bold means to be courageous as opposed to timid or shy. I hear people making excuses that they are not a good speaker or not talented, but what it boils down to is shyness, and that’s no excuse not to go soul winning.
There are people in our church who go soul winning consistently every week that are some of the shyest people in the church. They’re effective. They’re doing it every week, and they’re getting person after person saved, making a major difference for the cause of Christ.
One reason you might lack boldness is that some people act like you’re imposing on them. Don’t let that get to you because you aren’t imposing at all. They’re on their way to Hell. You have every right to be there because you are an ambassador for Christ. You were sent there by the God of the universe to try and save them from a deadly disease.
That said, don’t be prideful, arrogant, or obnoxious. You can be bold and still be meek. If they aren’t interested, tell them to have a great day and leave, but the point is that more people will listen to you when you exude confidence. Expect them to be interested, and they just might be.
We all feel shy inside at times, but when you show up at a door acting shy or awkward, it makes the person feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, when you speak up and look people in the eye, it helps them realize you know what you are talking about.
If you are still feeling nervous at every door, you probably don’t go soul winning often enough. The more you do it, the bolder you will become. Anybody can be a soul winner. I’ve seen people stammer and stutter and still get people saved because the Holy Spirit does the work. Those people are going to have great rewards in Heaven, and that could be you, too. Just pray for boldness, and then get out there and do it. Like the Apostle Paul, you too can be a “chosen vessel” used by God.
Here is a sermon called "Getting Started Soul-winning."
Monday, July 31, 2017
Several months ago, we took a missions trip to Guyana, which was an amazing success. We were able to preach the Gospel to about 4,500 school students, many of whom made a profession of faith. We handed out 8,000 DVDS and were able to personally win 169 people to the Lord through one-on-one soul winning. We got all this done in about four and a half days with a team of only nine people.
Our new DVD, “Guyana a New Kind of Missions Trip,” includes the seven sermons I preached in Guyana schools as well as one that I preached in a conference room in Trinidad on the same trip. In addition to those eight sermons, the DVD also includes footage from some of the planning and behind the scenes aspects of the trip, so the DVD is about four hours long in total.
The reason the DVD is called “A New Kind of Missions Trip,” is that most missions trips are more about building a building or handing out tracts. People love to go on missions trips, but we need a new kind of missions trip that is more effective at getting people saved. What we accomplished in those schools and elsewhere in Guyana had much greater eternal value than what is done on the average Baptist missions trip.
We are hoping that this DVD provides a pattern and a framework for others to follow. We want people to emulate what we did there—not just in Guyana but in other countries as well. Maybe there’s something you would do a little differently, but we want you to see what is possible and be inspired to plan your own highly productive missions trip.
We praise God for the many souls saved, but unfortunately, the door is now closed for us in Guyana. We ended up getting banned by the government from every school in the country. The reason we were banned is because the Hindus were so upset with the success of the mission. Guyana is about 25 percent Hindu, so 108 Hindu temples got together and took out a full page ad in the newspaper condemning the school system for allowing us to preach. We were in the media for a couple of weeks, until the government got involved and said we would no longer be allowed in the schools.
The newspaper ad called what we did a “military-style assault with the Gospel.” Because we were so efficient and effective, they speculated that some foreign government must be financing us or that we had some kind of special training. They just couldn’t believe that a team of nine guys from an independent Baptist church in Arizona could have this much of an impact.
Due to the nationwide publicity in Guyana, we have had a spike in internet traffic from that country. I pray that many more will hear the Gospel as part of the ripple effect from our visit. There are many other countries where we can do the exact same thing we did in Guyana, so the plan is just to move on the next country. There are plenty of fish in the sea!
Check out this groundbreaking new DVD to see for yourself what had the Hindus so upset. “Guyana a New Kind of Missions Trip” is available for free here at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona, or if you don’t live in the area, you can purchase the DVD from Framingtheworld.com.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
Day 3 of the Red Hot Preaching Conference included more soul winning, an afternoon preaching service, lots of food and fellowship, and a youth activity. A record-breaking 217 people showed up to go soul-winning on Saturday morning. Before going out soul-winning, we heard a great short sermon by Matthew Stucky (assistant to Pastor Jimenez) on how we need more men to step up to the plate and do the work necessary to become a pastor.
The afternoon service began with a testimony from Brother Oliver Gonzales, another assistant at Verity Baptist church. Brother Oliver reminded everyone that churches bring forth after their own kind and highlighted the training opportunities available in churches in our movement as a biblical alternative to Bible college.
Pastor David Berzins helped round out the conference with his sermon on “Having Godly Standards in Your Life.” He decided that since we’d already been motivated and edified, he needed to rip some face on a variety of subjects including controversial ones. He preached on dress standards, working hard, the sin of drinking alcohol, the sin of divorce, submission in marriage, child rearing, and Bible reading. He admonished people to put the Word of God into practice, and he also emphasized the importance of establishing personal standards based on Bible principles. Brother Berzins always does a great job, and there was something in that sermon for everybody.
A lot of people are staying for Day 4 to hear Pastor Jimenez preach on Sunday morning. There will also be another soul-winning opportunity in the afternoon, and then “Men’s Popcorn Preaching” on Sunday night. The popcorn preaching night is a popular event where Pastor Jimenez draws names and gives ten men the opportunity to preach a short sermon. There’s a lot of talent in this movement, so the variety of good preaching should make for an exciting end to the conference.
I had a great time and wish I could have stayed longer, but I also look forward to getting back in time to preach in my own pulpit. There’s just something about being back in your own home church. Like Pastor Berzins said in his sermon, “If you aren’t plugged into a good church, you need to get plugged in.”
“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
Click here to watch Day 3 of the Red Hot Preaching Conference.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
The movie theater was packed out for the Babylon USA showing in Sacramento on Friday morning, and my son Solomon and I enjoyed the time of fellowship with family and friends. Pastor Roger Jimenez preached a sermon before the film where he gave us some grave warnings about the way the next generation is being raised.
Since I wasn’t preaching the second night of the conference, I got to sit back and really enjoy the service. The place was packed out again with over 300 people. One of the songs sung in the service was “Holy, Holy, Holy,” which we enjoyed belting out in light of the recent attacks on the trinity.
The first speaker at the evening service was Brother Graham of Verity Baptist Church. Brother Graham strongly urged people to commute to a good church. He made a great point about the fact that driving an hour or two to church in an air-conditioned car isn’t much to ask considering the fact that Jesus died for us.
Next, Pastor Joe Major of Faith Baptist Church in Violet, Louisiana, preached a powerful, spirit-filled sermon where he encouraged us to “Be Numbered with Those Who go to War.” His sermon was on fire and is a must listen! I especially appreciated his emphasis on loyalty to the man of God, considering what I have gone through recently with heretics trying to split our church.
After such an intense sermon, Pastor Donnie Romero was the comic relief. He had us in stitches several times, but that did not take away from the gravity of his sermon. He preached on the valley of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37. He talked about how we don’t know exactly when or why those people died, just like we aren’t sure exactly when some of the old IFB churches died. He ripped on the old movement but left us feeling hopeful that some of the dead IFB churches will be revived in the next generation. It was an all around great sermon!
Raising the next generation for the Lord, moving or commuting to get in a good church, and the problems with the old IFB movement seem to be underlying themes of the conference so far. Brother Major is a dynamic speaker and was a great addition to the conference this year. If you missed it, you can hear him preach again in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 6th at Stedfast Baptist Church.
Click here to watch the second night of the conference on Youtube.
Friday, July 28, 2017
The first night of the Red Hot Preaching Conference was an exciting time of preaching and fellowship. The place was packed out with 364 people. It’s always good to visit my home town of Sacramento, California, and I appreciate Pastor Jimenez providing me with the opportunity to preach there.
The first speaker was Brother Jared of Verity Baptist Church. He gave an inspiring and eloquent testimony about moving across the country to attend Verity. He told how he was in Sacramento for last year’s conference and then managed to move his family there just three months later. He made a powerful statement about the importance of making sure your family is in a good church: “Your decision making, whether you like it or not, will shape future generations.”
Next, Pastor Manly Perry preached a great sermon on “The Awesomeness of Asa.” Not only did Asa remove the Sodomites out of the land and take other hard stands during his reign, but he managed to raise a godly son in the process. Brother Manly talked about the heartbreaking fact that so many Baptist kids “jump ship” when they turn 18.
One of the many important points he made was that we need to provide our children with Christian fellowship. This can be difficult for some families since there is often a shortage of teenagers in mainstream fundamental Baptist churches. The sermon went along very well with Brother Jared’s admonition to make the right decisions for your family. Brother Manly challenged parents to at least “make the pilgrimage” to the Red Hot Preaching Conference each year, so that their children can have fellowship with like-minded believers.
I preached a sermon entitled “Why they Hate Us,” where I talked about the fact that many IFB pastors actually hate me and other soul-winning preachers, and it’s not right. Someone will get saved after watching one of our documentaries and will find an IFB church in their area, only to get kicked out of the church for listening to my preaching!
I compared the way other independent fundamental Baptists treat people in our movement to the way Joseph’s brothers treated him. They see us coming with our coat of many colors, and they want to rip it off our backs. They hate us because we bring up their evil report. The story of Cain and Abel is yet another example of a wicked reaction to a brother’s godliness.
When we come across someone that is more righteous than we are, we can either have a wicked spirit of envy and hatred, or we can praise God for what they are accomplishing. When I see another church excelling in an area, I don’t get angry about it or discount it because they happen to be pre-trib. I instead ask myself what I can learn from them.
We need to remember that we aren’t against our pre-trib brethren. Our differences are no excuse for hating brothers in Christ. I would love nothing more than for some pre-trib, Zionist church to outdo us on soul-winning. We love our fundamental Baptist brethren, and we love lost souls. We are not in competition with other churches like they seem to be with us.
As soul-winning Baptists, we are all on the same team. We need to follow Joseph’s example and Christ’s commandment to do good to those that hate us. Regardless of how other IFBs treat us, we need to be like Joseph and just try to save people alive.
Click here to watch the first night of the conference on Youtube.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Bible makes it clear that the antichrist is going to be very convincing. Many unsaved people all over the world will be deceived, and there is a reason why that is the case. The idea of a mark in the forehead originally came from God, not the Devil. The Bible mentions a mark being placed in the forehead of those who are righteous. The first mention of this mark is found in Ezekiel 9:4 and it comes up again a few times in the Book of Revelation.
“And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” Ezekiel 9:4
“Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Revelation 7:3
The Devil is not stupid. He wants to dupe people by counterfeiting something that is mentioned positively in scripture. He's going to use the verses about God's mark to convince people to take his mark, but there is a colossal difference between the mark of the beast and the other forehead mark. I believe the major difference in the two marks will be the name.
The Bible teaches that the antichrist won’t be coming in the name of God the Father. The antichrist will come in his own name. I’m not sure if he is going to go by the name of Jesus or by the name of "Yeshua" (a bogus name promoted by the Hebrew roots movement), but whatever exact name he goes by, he will be claiming to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. In order to deceive those who know that the mark is supposed to be the Father’s name, the antichrist will have to teach a doctrine that says the name of the Father is Jesus/Yeshua and that “Jesus is God the Father.”
The increasingly popular “oneness” doctrine denies the distinction between the Father and the Son, making it easier to deceive those who may have otherwise questioned why the mark they are being asked to take is not the Father’s name. Modern versions support oneness by changing a key verse to read that the mark of the beast will be both the Father and the Son’s name. Here’s what Revelation 14:1 says in the ESV:
“Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads.” - Revelation 14:1 (ESV)
Here’s that same verse in the King James Bible:
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1 (KJV)
The true Word of God is careful to tell us that it will be the Father’s name in the foreheads of the righteous.
It is alarming how well the oneness doctrine fits with the antichrist’s agenda. Although oneness/modalism existed in the early centuries after Christ, it was rejected and eventually disappeared for centuries before being resurrected in 1913 by the "Oneness Pentecostal" movement. Bible believing churches have kept this strange doctrine at bay for years, but it is just now starting to creep into evangelical and Baptist churches. I believe this is because the false doctrine of oneness is an end-times heresy that will be used to pave the way for the antichrist. Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs all believe in a "oneness" type God, so in order to bring all religions together, the trinity will need to be discarded.
Instead of trying to meet oneness heretics halfway, we need to stay strong on the traditional, biblical view of the trinity that every Baptist has believed for hundreds and hundreds of years. The Bible clearly teaches that the trinity consists of three distinct persons that make up one God.
Here is a sermon on the trinity.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:” 2 Corinthians 4:3
I’ve heard pastors say we are all replaceable, but I don’t believe that for one second. None of us are expendable because we are all different. There is no one just like me, and there is no one just like you either. We can do a lot for God as a church, but a church is made up of individuals. As church members, we are all part of a team, and God uses each of us in different ways.
God himself gave people the Gospel while he was walking this earth as Jesus Christ. He won people to himself when he was here as our example, and when he left, he commanded us to do it:
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
God does not appear to people today and give them the Gospel. As you continue reading the New Testament, you’ll notice that even when Jesus Christ appeared to the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, he sent him to Ananias. Another example like this is the story of Cornelius. When Cornelius had been praying and the Lord spoke to him in a vision, did God himself give him the Gospel? No. God sent Simon Peter. In order for Cornelius to be saved, Simon Peter had to be obedient and go and give him the Gospel.
God is not going to get the Gospel to everyone in Phoenix without Faithful Word Baptist Church and the few other soul winning churches in our area, and he’s not going to get the Gospel to everyone in your area without you. Yes, unbelievers are “without excuse,” but it is up to us to give them a clear presentation of the Gospel so they have a better chance of getting saved. God has put us on this earth for a reason. He has a plan for your life and my life, and there are people he wants each of us to reach.
I am often criticized for emphasizing man’s role in getting people saved, but the Bible emphasizes man. God is not going to knock on people’s doors, and if we don’t do it, it’s not going to get done. We need the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit in order to win souls, but don’t de-emphasize us to the point where you think God is going to somehow do it all himself.
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
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I’ve preached a lot on the subject of “Suffer the Children," in reference to allowing all infants and children in the church service with their parents. Keeping the family together for every service is biblical and commonly known as being "family integrated." Children’s Sunday School classes, junior church, and vacation Bible school may seem harmless, but there are some serious problems with these programs.
Most parents are aware of the risks of letting their young children out of their sight, so they feel better when there is a window on the door and perhaps two adults supervising the class. Some children’s ministries have more of these safeguards in place than others, but do people know what their children are being taught?
One of the problems with having multiple Sunday school classes—even for adults—is that there usually aren’t enough people in a church who are qualified to teach the Bible. My dad taught me to always opt for “the pastor’s class” when visiting a church since the other adult Sunday school teachers might be more liberal. If you’ve attended more than one Sunday school class, you will probably agree with this rule of thumb.
If you think it’s any better in the children’s classes, you’re wrong. There is a popular school of thought that actually encourages churches to give new converts their own ministries as soon as possible in order to keep them attending church faithfully. These newbies may not be knowledgeable enough to impress other adults, so they have them start out teaching children’s classes. Even a mature Christian who has attended a church for decades will not necessarily be in agreement with the pastor doctrinally.
I know what you are thinking. You’re going to tell me that your pastor purchases or writes the Sunday school curriculum and that all Sunday school students are being taught the same lesson—just on a different level, geared toward their own age group. A lot of churches have that policy, and it sounds good in theory, but I’ve heard of too many instances where a teacher goes renegade.
In one church, a vacation Bible school teacher whispered to the students that repenting of sin is necessary for salvation. Obviously, this infiltrator knew that what he was saying was different than what the pastor of the church believed and preached, which is why he was being sneaky. Older kids will sometimes catch stuff like that and tell their parents, but what about a four or five year old?
Even if the deviation from the lesson is not intentional, a lot of female teachers with very little discernment will get ideas for crafts and other supplemental materials from Pinterest. Who knows which denomination or Bible version those craft templates might be coming from?
Recently, a Sunday school teacher at a friend's church handed out a puzzle and had very young children piece together a long-haired “Jesus.” Keep in mind, the official curriculum handout was from an IFB source that would never portray the Lord that way, but the teacher had added something of her own.
“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” 1 Timothy 2:12
I don’t recommend letting young children out of your sight, but I can understand why people are more torn when it comes to teenagers. They want their kids to have fellowship with and eventually date like-minded believers. The teens seem to mingle more after the service in family integrated churches like ours than they do in a church that has Sunday school, so some parents feel like their son or daughter has to attend the teen Sunday school class for a while just to get to know the other teenagers.
Savvy older children and teenagers will often pick up on false doctrine, hypocrisy, and Pharisaical attitudes from ministry workers. They’ll see right through it and may even tell their parents, but could bad Sunday school teachers and youth leaders be causing your teenager to become disillusioned about church?
People understandably want to fit in and get on board with the programs in their church but at what cost? We need more family integrated churches across America and around the world, so that people aren’t faced with the dilemma of whether or not to drop their children off in a questionable class. Age segregation in churches has so many drawbacks and just isn’t biblical. Ideally, Christian parents should find a pastor worth following, and then let their children sit in and listen to him too.
Here is a sermon on why our church is family-integrated.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Last Updated: 7/12/2017
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Several days ago, I made a YouTube video asking you to consider booking a theater in your area to show our new film, Babylon USA. The idea was to get this important film shown in theaters across America, and thanks to many of you, there are already a lot of screenings scheduled! Theaters have been booked all across America by churches, groups of friends, and even individuals. The following is a list of cities where you can see this exciting new documentary on the big screen before it becomes available on YouTube. (The only way to see it sooner is to donate $1,000 or more to the film.)
Updated List of Scheduled Showings:July 4, Phoenix, AZ 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
July 10, Austin, TX 6:30 p.m.
July 12, Boise, ID 7:00 p.m.
July 13, Coconut Grove, FL 6:00 p.m.
July 13, Los Angeles, CA 7:00 p.m.
July 14, Knoxville, TN 7:00 p.m.
July 15, Vancouver, WA 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
July 15, Roswell, Georgia 4:30 p.m.
July 15, Wichita, KS 2:00 p.m.
July 15, Alvin, TX 10:00 a.m.
July 15, New Bern, NC 9:30 a.m.
July 15, Birch Run, Michigan 6:00 p.m.
July 16, Columbus, Ohio 2:00 p.m.
July 18, Memphis, TN 7:00 p.m.
July 20, Roanoke, VA 7:00 p.m.
July 20, Grand Rapids, Michigan 7:00 p.m.
July 20, Asheville, NC 10:00 p.m.
July 22, Tucson, AZ 5:00 p.m.
July 22, San Antonio, TX 10:00 a.m.
July 22, Richmond, VA 10:00 a.m.
July 22, Auckland, New Zealand 10:00 a.m.
July 24, Chalmette, Louisiana 7:00 p.m.
July 28, Sacramento, CA in the morning during the Red Hot Preaching Conference
July 29, Christchurch, New Zealand 10:00 a.m.
July 29, British Columbia 4:00 p.m.
July 30, Summersville, WV 5:00 p.m.
July 30, Barberton, OH 5:00 p.m.
August 5, Toronto, Canada 9:00 a.m.
August 5, Johnson City, TN 6:30 p.m.
August 5, Prescott Valley, AZ 6:30 p.m.
There has been interest expressed in a lot of other cities and even overseas--we just need more of you to step up to the plate and start calling theaters. This is just a grass roots movement to get the film seen, and we need your help. One of the ground rules is that you need to show a receipt proving that you’ve booked the theater before we can send you the DVD or Blue-Ray. Also, you need to either be someone we know or someone we know must be able to vouch for you. Anyone interested in helping should request to join the Babylon USA Theater Organization Facebook group or contact Paul Wittenberger at Framing the World Productions.
If you have the money, you could rent the theater yourself, or perhaps several people in your area could chip in. Another option would be handing out flyers and selling tickets to recoup some of the money you invested. How you pay for it is up to you, we just want to get the message out there. The prices are all over the place. I heard about one theater that agreed to play the film for free! Others only cost two or three hundred dollars. I think the highest price I heard about was $1,700. The window for playing the film is July 10th through August 5th, so you will need to book the theater during that time. You do the leg work, you do the paperwork, you get the funding, and then just send us the receipt, and we’ll send you the DVD or Blue Ray in plenty of time for your showing. You can also simply contact Framing the World Productions and make a donation toward one of the screenings that is still in need of funding.
Thank you everybody who has worked hard and/or shelled out hundreds of dollars to help get these important truths out there. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and cannot thank you enough! The film, Babylon USA is in “post-production,” meaning that it is almost finished, and what I’ve seen of it is awesome!
These movies are powerful. Every day I hear about someone else who got saved after watching one of our films. If you live near one of the above cities, please show your support by showing up for the screening. People are going to a lot of trouble to make this happen, so let’s pack out the theaters. Since we will be promoting the showings on facebook and YouTube, attending one of these events is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people in your area.
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Edited to add:
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
This is a pretty straightforward passage about the dead in Christ rising first that I assumed all Baptists agreed on, but I came across these sermons where Sam Gipp is teaching that there is a 40 day gap between verse 16 and 17. Yes, that’s right—he is teaching yet another “gap theory.”
Gipp’s zombie apocalypse theory in no way jibes with the secret, pre-tribulation rapture, which is what most mainstream Baptist churches teach. Obviously, people are going to notice if every believer who ever lived rose from the dead and walked the earth for 40 days! Wouldn't that serve as a warning that the end is near and even make it possible to predict the day?
Actually, Gipp, the warning is when we see the Abomination of Desolation sitting in the temple, but that’s a whole other argument that is not within the scope of this article. What I’d like to know is how in the world the “twinkling of an eye” takes 40 days!?
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” - 1 Corinthians 15:52
When Keith Gomez picked Sam Gipp to defend the pre-trib rapture, he picked the wrong guy. Whether you are pre-trib or post-trib, Gipp should lose credibility with everyone with his rapture gap theory. The resurrection/rapture happens in a moment, Sam Gipp, not over the course of 40 days!
What blows my mind is that Sam Gipp can teach this kind of bizarre teaching about the rapture, and no one even bats an eye, whereas if someone says that the rapture is after the tribulation but before God pours out his wrath, everyone loses their minds. As long as you don't go after the pre-trib rapture, you can pretty much get away with teaching ANYTHING about Bible prophecy in today's independent Baptist churches, and no one will even care.
Here is the link to watch "After the Tribulation" and learn the truth.
I recently came across this clip of Pastor Keith Gomez preaching, and, wow! There is so much wrong in this one short clip:
Did you catch what he said at the very beginning? Apparently, Gomez is a hyper-dispensationalist who thinks only 13 books of the Bible from Romans to Philemon were written to us in the “church age.” I guess that’s why he likes fellow Ruckmanite, Sam Gipp.
I don’t know which Bible version Gomez is reading in his studies because nowhere in the book of Philemon are we told “how to treat our slaves.” Even the passages in the Old Testament that supposedly condone slavery have to do with bondservants, which were nothing like the slavery that took place in America, but to imply that we are encouraged to have slaves in the New Testament is ludicrous.
Not only does Gomez claim that Philemon says something that it doesn’t, but he challenges those who are against slavery to answer why the subject of how to treat our slaves is addressed in Philemon. No, we cannot answer that, Keith Gomez, because Philemon says nothing like that. The only verse I could find in Philemon that remotely mentions a servant (not a slave) is verse 16:
“Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?”
Well there you have it folks—the New Testament manual on how to treat your slaves. Actually, what Paul was saying to Philemon was, Hey this guy used to be your servant in the past, but now he is NOT your servant anymore. He is to be received as a brother, and not as a servant.
Gomez’s gross misinterpretation of the book of Philemon is nothing more than a lie and an excuse for a racist rant. He basically said that all black people would have a bone in their nose and be fighting lions in Africa if their ancestors hadn’t been kidnapped and brought here as slaves! And people in his church actually said “Amen” to that. Unbelievable!
“And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.” Exodus 21:16
No wonder Gomez has to post his sermons on a password protected site. Keith Gomez, and others like him, are afraid to post their unbiblical sermons publicly because they don’t want to be called on the carpet for their false teaching. Lest I be accused of taking Gomez out of context, here is the link to the full sermon.
Monday, May 29, 2017
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:5
Salvation is by faith, not works. It’s all through Jesus, and it’s a free gift. Often someone will get saved and continue to drink alcohol or live in fornication. Those are wicked sins that do need to be repented of in the Christian life, but whether someone ever repents of those sins or not, they are still saved if they believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.
When someone teaches that you must repent of your sins to be saved, it raises the question of which sins? A typical repent-of-your-sins preacher might brag that he never smoked another cigarette after he got saved, yet he is morbidly obese. Did he repent of the sin of gluttony?
People often have an arbitrary list of sins in mind, which they feel must be given up in order for a person to be saved. This stems from judging others based on one’s own personal experience. For example, a person who has never touched a drop of alcohol since he got saved might assume that a saved person would never drink.
Even those of us who know better can fall into the trap of questioning the salvation of someone who believes right. Particularly, when it is someone in our own family, we want to see evidence of their conversion. We don’t believe people need to turn from their sins to be saved, but we expect them to make certain changes afterward or progress the same way we did. We need to remember that people struggle in different areas. They grow at different rates and even backslide.
I haven’t repented of all my sins, and neither have you. There is often a change in people’s lives after salvation, but it’s going to be different for different people. Factors such as baptism and church attendance will usually speed up the repentance process. Even if they never show up to church or give up any of their sins, believers will go to Heaven because their salvation does not depend on them.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
We recently put on a soul-winning marathon in the state of Maine, and I was pleased with the results. 52 people showed up, and we had a total of 25 saved and 9 baptized. This was the lowest turnout that we’ve ever had at a soul-winning marathon, but it’s not surprising. Maine is a state with a low population and is off the beaten path. It isn’t part of the Bible belt by any means, and people were kind of surprised that we were even doing a soul-winning marathon there. Maine is a godless place in a lot of ways, but having 25 people get saved was a huge blessing!
One of the best things about this particular soul-winning event was that about 30 of the people who came to the marathon had never been soul winning before. Training new soul winners is one of the main reasons we put on these events. Winning a few people to the Lord is great, but training someone to be a life-long soul winner can lead to hundreds more people being saved. Ideally, many of those people who participated in the Maine marathon will get excited about soul winning and continue to win souls on a regular basis in their own communities.
We were able to knock about 1600-1700 doors, so we put a good dent in the town of Biddeford, which only has about 21,000 people in it. Most people who answered the door had zero interest, but people walking around outside were more likely to stop and listen. Interestingly, the four people I personally won to the Lord that day were people out walking. The fact that anyone got saved at all in such an unreceptive area just goes to show that soul winning works anywhere. I believe the Lord places the right people in our path when we show up with a willing attitude.
If you are not yet involved in soul winning, you need to find a soul-winning church in your area and get plugged in. When we come to a town near you, I encourage you to attend one of our soul winning marathons and perhaps bring a friend. As a silent partner, you’ll pick up invaluable skills from listening to a seasoned soul winner deal with different types of people. If you’ve never been soul winning before, just show up, and we’ll pair you up with someone who will do the talking. If you are already a “talker,” we hope you will attend these events as well because we need both talkers and silent partners.
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Monday, May 22, 2017
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:9-11
If you were hoping Sam Gipp misspoke when he recently attacked the name of Jesus, you will be disappointed because he has done it more than once. Finding other examples of Gipp preaching the same heresy was easy since he has such a limited repertoire. Like most traveling “evangelists,” Gipp is extremely repetitive, preaching the same recycled junk again and again. Even though Keith Gomez deleted Gipp’s conference sermons, a YouTube search of “Sam Gipp Israel” revealed more of the same heresy on Gipp’s own channel. Here is a transcript of Sam Gipp preaching the same thing back in January 2016:
“In Matthew chapter one, Joseph is he, he ya know, he finds out that Mary’s expecting. He’s gonna put her off quietly cause he doesn’t want her killed, and, and, Gabriel shows up and says, Hey, hey, let her alone. Ya see, you know who she’s carrying? Emmanuel. Really? Yeah. And, and, so when the child’s born they walk up to Joseph and say, So, what are you gonna call him? Jesus.
Did? I, come on, I was there when Joseph said Emmanuel. Right? I’m reading there. Gabriel said he shall be Emmanuel, and when Joseph gets to give him a name, he calls him Jesus. Did he not read two verses ahead? You say, why did he call him Emmanuel? Cause he was never with him. It says in John, ‘He came unto his own, and his own…’ that’s right. Do you understand that when it says that God is with you that you just read Emmanuel?
But, hang on. You see I don’t think this will ever happen. I don’t think in eternity anybody’s gonna say let’s go to Jerusalem and see Jesus. You see he’s never been officially called who? Emmanuel. I think they’ll say let’s go to Jerusalem and see God is with us--Emmanuel.
Take a look at this uh (unintelligible.) Wait a second, take a look at Revelation chapter 21. Member I told you God says he repeats it and says it and says it and says it because if you’re thick you might finally get it? You know what I’m gonna tell you? I told you that I can’t take a hint. Okay, I’m thickheaded, and I got it. How stupid do you have to be to not get it? You’d have to be like 12 years old. Probably hit in the head too many times—or not enough.”
It’s painful listening to this guy, but you can hear these statements for yourself, starting at 1:02:44 in his sermon entitled, “Is God Done with Israel:”
Compare that with his sermon from this month when he blasphemed Jesus:
Obviously, Gipp has not been misinterpreted since the older quotes are even clearer than the statements made during the recent conference. Since so many independent Baptists seem to like Gipp, it was a blessing to hear several different preachers publicly calling him out for his heresy:
Pastor Roger Jimenez Rebuking Gipp
Pastor Joe Major Rebuking Gipp
Pastor David Berzins Rebuking Gipp
Pastor Tommy McMurtry Rebuking Gipp
Pastor Manly Perry Rebuking Gipp
Pastor Donnie Romero Rebuking Gipp
Pastor Michael Johnson Rebuking Gipp
Pastor Michael Grant Rebuking Gipp
Yours Truly Rebuking Gipp
Sam Gipp is extremely hostile when politely asked about his beliefs. Maybe if you called him up and spoke to him he would respond differently, but I doubt it judging by his reaction to Brother Jeff Utzler’s simple question:
“Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.” 1 Samuel 25:17
The name Jesus was given by the angel to Mary before Jesus was even conceived in the womb, yet Sam Gipp has repeatedly lied about this fact in his sermons. He says Joseph was told to name the baby “Emmanuel,” but that he named him “Jesus” instead “because God wasn’t with him.” Attacking the name of Jesus is blasphemous, and Gipp’s bizarre claims go against clear scripture.
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins." - Matthew 1:21
"And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb." - Luke 2:21
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Friday, May 12, 2017
So after the Keith Gomez gave the prelude that I covered in the previous post, Sam Gipp got up to preach the final sermon of the Anti-Anderson Conference. The sermon mainly consisted of wild speculations, accusations, and lies about me personally.
One thing that he made a big deal about was stating that I received more than a million dollars from the government in a settlement regarding the border patrol incident that I was involved in back in April 2009. He then went on to say that I am no longer against border patrol checkpoints now that I have been paid. The truth is that when I sued the government in that case, it was thrown out by a federal judge, and I received nothing! In fact, that incident cost me over $10,000 of my own money for lawyer fees, new windows for my car, and hospital bills. There are videos of me in court on YouTube winning the criminal trial (i.e. I was declared not guilty on all counts), but when I sued them for damages, I was ruled against by a federal judge, and it never even went to court.
But, no, according to Sam Gipp, I am a millionaire! That is why I live in a 1540 square foot house built in 1956 in a questionable neighborhood, share a vehicle with my wife, and buy all my clothes at Goodwill.
The sermon was pretty much like that the whole time - wild accusations with no proof given. Most of what he said would be clearly proven false just by sitting down and watching After the Tribulation. He claims that I told him that I didn't know Pastor Roland Rasmussen and have nothing to do with him. What in the world? Then why did we use him as the narrator in our After the Tribulation film? The truth is that Pastor Rasmussen won my parents to the Lord when they were children in Canoga Park, CA, in the early 1960s. However, in those days Pastor Rasmussen was pre-trib. He came out with his book debunking the pre-trib rapture in 1996 (when I was 15 years old), but I didn't hear about the book until years later when I met Roland Rasmussen for the first time in the year 2000, and I didn't read it until late 2006 when one of Pastor Rasmussen's church members began attending our church every Wednesday night because he was commuting to Phoenix each week. I still talk to Pastor Rasmussen on the phone every few months because he is extremely intelligent, and I enjoy discussing Bible prophecy with him. Even though we don't see eye to eye on many things, I have great respect for his scholarship and Bible knowledge and always learn something.
One thing that cracked me up was his story about calling Pastor Roger Jimenez. He claimed that Pastor Jimenez had to call me and report to me because I am his cult leader. The true story is that he called Brother Jimenez and said, "I am trying to get a hold of Pastor Anderson. Can you have him give me a call?" In fact, he let's this slip out in the clip below because after telling the lie about Jimenez having to report to me, he then says that he told Jimenez that he wanted to speak to me! Gipp also had the gall to say that I like his material on the King James Version. In his dreams! His material on the KJV is garbage, and I have never liked it. I rebuked his foolish teaching on the word "Easter" about 10 years ago and have always avoided him and all other Ruckmanite false teachers. I believe that the KJV is the word of God without error, but I think that people like Gipp do damage to the cause of KJV-onlyism because their arguments are so weak, people like James White (also a heretic) can easily dismantle them. Here is the video where Brother Jimenez rebukes Sam Gipp's lies:
A few more highlights from the evening: here is where Sam Gipp brags about the viewcount on his videos going into the stratosphere (83 viewers) after he attacked me:
Here is where Sam Gipp delivers his bombshell about the word "tribulation" being used 22 times in the New Testament, but only in 21 verses. Oh, no! He got me!
Here is where Sam Gipp lies about my chart showing the timeline of the book of Revelation:
Oh, and no meeting would be complete without the invitation:
Thursday, May 11, 2017
|Keith Gomez is going to kick my donkey!|
So as a grand finale for the Anti-Anderson Conference, on Wednesday night (the final night), Keith Gomez started out by introducing and playing the entire video that I made rebuking Sam Gipp's blasphemy. First he read a list of Bible verses against anger, then he played the video, and instead of giving any scripture or reasons I was wrong, he simply said, "There's something wrong with that man's spirit."
The most ironic thing about this is that Keith Gomez was clearly very angry himself and then admitted that he had a bad spirit after repeatedly challenging me to come to Illinois for a physical fight. No scripture was given on why Sam Gipp's blasphemy of Jesus was right or justified, but rather Pastor Gomez just reverted to Junior High mode and did a bunch of chest pounding about how I need to fly to Chicago and say these things to his face. That is extremely hypocritical given that he hosted an entire conference attacking me and didn't fly to Arizona to come "say it to my face." I would never challenge him to come fly to Arizona and "say it to my face" because we don't wrestle with flesh and blood. Violence is not the way to settle Biblical doctrine. Not only that, but the Bible specifically forbids pastors from striking or brawling:
"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;" - 1 Timothy 3:2-3
The thing that really stood out to me was that after playing my video exposing Sam Gipp, in which I said that anyone who listens to what Sam Gipp said and agrees with it or is okay with it is clearly not saved, he then proceeded to tell his congregation that I had declared them all unsaved. So what he actually did there is just make an assumption that everyone in the auditorium must have agreed with Sam Gipp's bizarre blasphemy. Keith Gomez is so sure that everyone in his church is a brainwashed, mindless follower, the thought that anyone in the auditorium might disagree with him doesn't even enter his mind!
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." - Proverbs 16:18
The presumption and arrogance of Keith Gomez is going to backfire. I guarantee you that there were plenty of people in that auditorium that agreed with me about Gipp's blasphemy because even when you listen to the video you can tell that the energy of the crowd is not on their side. You could cut the tension in that place with a knife. Sure there are always going to be the amen-bellowing yes-men who would gladly follow Gomez or Gipp off a cliff, but there have to be people in that church who can think for themselves. Apparently Gomez wants to run them off, so he can have unquestioned obedience and loyalty from his mindless drones. It will be interesting to see how many people quit the church after this debacle.
I believe that this may be similar to the story of Pharaoh in the Bible where God hardened Pharaoh's heart to the point where didn't even realize that he was destroying his own kingdom by resisting the word of God.
"And Pharaoh's servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?" - Exodus 10:7
Playing the full video in his church was a very foolish thing to do, but I believe that God wanted it to be played so that everyone in the audience would be without excuse.
Like Bob Gray earlier this year, Pastor Keith Gomez is another great example of a preacher from the Baby Boomer Generation who is in the process of "burning it all down" for the next generation. That is why the preachers of my generation need to forsake these false prophets and quit following them just because they're old.
"Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished." - Ecclesiastes 4:13