Tuesday, January 31, 2017
13 years ago, when I was working in the fire alarm business, I was walking through a mall after finishing a job in a department store, when I was approached by a Chinese girl holding something on a toothpick. “You like free sample?” I accepted that morsel of orange chicken, and it was the best Chinese food I had ever tasted in my life. That was my first time ever trying food from Panda Express, and I’ve been eating there ever since.
I later became the pastor of a church and held soul-winning events all over America. At these events, we all met for lunch at Panda Express. Little did that young lady know, she was making thousands of dollars for her company with that one free sample.
Sometimes people will look at how many CDs, DVDs, and flash drives our church gives out and question whether we are spending too much money on those items. They are underestimating the power of the free sample. Businesses give out free samples all the time with great results. We aren’t trying to make a profit, but we ARE trying to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
People often get interested in Bible preaching after first hearing it at home. Many of them start coming to church as a result. In the early days of our church when only a handful of people were meeting in my living room, I made some preaching CD’s, which I displayed on a rack. I wasn’t sure that anyone would want them, and they sat there untouched for a while, even though I announced that they were free. One day, a church member named Amanda took a bunch of the CD’s home to give to her mom. The next Sunday, Amanda’s mom was in church with her.
One flash drive loaded with 25 or 26 hours of preaching could result in a chain of events that could change someone’s life. Wouldn’t you say that toothpick with the orange chicken was a pretty good investment? It may have taken me years to try Panda Express on my own, but instead they came to me.
There is definitely a spiritual application with the Panda Express story. We aren’t trying to make money, but we ARE trying to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. We don’t just wait for people to come to us—we go to them. We give people the gospel at their door, and we also give out free samples.
When someone gets saved at one of our door-to-door soul winning marathons or if we come across someone who is already saved, we give them a sermon flash drive. Once people start listening to biblical preaching, they often get under conviction about the fact that they are not attending a local church, or perhaps they realize that they need to change churches. Also, we hope that people will pass our materials on to their unsaved friends and family members who might receive Christ after hearing the salvation messages.
I know of many people who have gotten saved after someone gave them one of our documentaries. Countless people are now attending independent fundamental Baptist churches across the country as a result of hearing my preaching on church attendance. Many of these people are now soul winning themselves every single week. Handing out preaching samples works and will continue to be one of the most important financial investments we make.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8
Here is the sermon on “The Financial Philosophy of FWBC.”
Monday, January 30, 2017
I preached a sermon recently, exposing the false doctrines and weird teachings of the Hindu holy book, “the Bhagavad Gita.” Like other false religions, Hinduism is Satanic.
6 False Teachings of the Bhagavad Gita
1) The Lord of the Bhagavad Gita is the Devil himself.
2) Death doesn't matter, so killing isn't a big deal. (It’s just like changing clothes.)
3) We should not care about the fruits of our labor, which is a socialist philosophy.
4) Your personal, mystical experiences are more important than the scriptures.
5) You should worship your inner being or “self” as God.
6) It gives you the false hope that if you do good deeds, you will not be damned.
Excerpts from the Bhagavad Gita
The so-called "Lord" of this book calls himself “the king of snakes.” Here is another quote from the Bhagavad Gita where he talks about himself:
“I am the cow that fulfills all desires... I am the cosmic serpent... I am the god of death... I am born among the demons.” (Chapter 10)
Here is another quote from the book where the so-called lord is being addressed:
“Oh Lord, I see within your body all the gods and every kind of living creature. I see the creator seated on a lotus. I see the ancient sages and the celestial serpents.”(Chapter 11)
According to the Bible, the great serpent is Satan. Hindus are not worshiping the God we worship. The lord of the Bhagavad Gita is the Devil himself!
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9
How do you witness to a Hindu? You do it the same way you witness to everyone else. We don’t need a customized soul-winning plan for every religion because the Romans road is a one size fits all. The same plan of salvation that I present to a Catholic, a Jew, or a Jehovah’s witness is the same one I give to a Hindu. It’s the same Gospel that everyone needs to hear. I always recommend going through the same basic plan of salvation with everyone, and then tagging on at the end any issues that you need to deal with regarding their specific religion. For example, after I go through the basic plan of salvation with a Jehovah's Witness, I then spend a little extra time emphasizing the deity of Christ. At the end of preaching the Gospel to a Hindu, I emphasize the fact that they must trust Christ ALONE and must reject the Hindu gods.
Hindus are tough to reach, but it is possible. I ran into several people down in Guyana, including Pastor Ram Angad, who were raised Hindu but ended up getting saved. Hindus need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to be told that it’s Heaven or Hell, not reincarnation. They need to realize that Jesus Christ is the one true God and put their faith in him alone for salvation.
Here is the sermon where I discuss Hinduism and its influence on “New Age” philosophies.
Here is a link to the plan of salvation in the Hindi language.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Wednesday night was the first night of the 40-day Revival in Guyana. Brother Garrett Kirchway and one of the locals went out soul winning a few hours before the service. First, they gave a lady the gospel, and she got saved. Then, they asked if they could also talk to her husband who was working in the yard. He was from Venezuela and spoke only Spanish, but Brother Kirchway had a Spanish Bible and gave him the gospel using the newly saved wife as a translator. Not only did that couple get saved, but they both showed up that night at the revival service.
The first night of the revival went very well. They had just over a hundred people show up. Five people were saved at the service for a total of seven salvations that day, and three people got baptized in the beautiful new baptistery.
The dinner was chow mein and rice cooked outdoors in large woks on Guyanese-style wood burning stoves. The beverage they served with it was passion fruit juice. The ladies in the church worked hard all day to prepare this meal, which didn’t disappoint.
Brother Garrett Kirchway preached on the end times, and the people were riveted. The other sermons he has prepared for the revival cover the following topics: Once Saved Always Saved, Baptism, Manna/Bible Reading, Soul-Winning, Birth Control, Believe vs. Repent, Persecution, Sodomy, Blessed are They That Do his Commandments, Set No Wicked Thing Before Mine Eyes, Giving to the Poor, Bible Prophecy Foundations, and Laziness.
On the second day of the revival, they saw a total of four people saved. Interestingly, a young lady who Brother Kirchway won to the Lord before the church service happened to be the sister of someone he had gotten saved the day before. The pastor drove through the community with a bullhorn reminding people about that night’s service, and they had a larger number show up this time—about 130. Brother Kirchway preached again, and the dinner was a stir-fry with chicken, which he said was phenomenal.
The third day of the revival was the biggest day so far because there were 14 salvations and 5 baptisms! People are getting saved each day both before and after the revival services, both through door-to-door soul winning and at the service itself. Brother Kirchway is looking forward to reinforcements arriving from the USA, so that they can reach higher numbers of people out door-to-door.
The excitement is building as the revival continues, and they are hoping the attendance numbers will keep increasing as people invite their friends and family members. Every week or so during the revival, the church there is going to give out a bike for those who bring the most visitors to church. This promotion is called “Pack the Pew.”
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Luke 14:23
Here is the video from Day 16, which includes baptism footage.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
I will be preaching on Friday, March 3, 2017, in Trinidad and Tobago. On that Friday night at 7:00 p.m., I’m going to be preaching in the "Blanchisseuse room" at the Courtyard Marriott hotel on Audrey Jeffers Highway, Invaders Bay, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
If you live anywhere in Trinidad or even elsewhere in the Caribbean, I’d love for you to join us at that preaching service if at all possible. I appreciate the sacrifices people make to attend these events, and it’s great to meet like-minded believers from other parts of the world.
Also, the next morning on Saturday, March 4th, we’ll be meeting in the hotel lobby at 9:30 a.m. to go out soul-winning. If you’ve never been soul-winning, this is a great opportunity to get out there and try it. We will have a few people with us that know how to do the talking, so if you want to be a silent partner, just show up at that hotel on Saturday morning, and I’ll send you out with someone else who is a more experienced soul winner.
“After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.” Luke 10:1
This will be my second time visiting Trinidad, and I look forward to getting together with the people I met on my last visit and hopefully also seeing some new faces at the events. These type of events are not only a great way to spread the gospel and gain soul-winning experience, but they are also an opportunity to have fellowship with other Christians. For those of you who are single: sometimes sparks fly at these events--In fact, I’m told a couple recently get engaged at a soul-winning marathon held in the United States.
Again, we have a preaching service at 7:00 p.m. on that Friday night and soul winning on Saturday morning. We should have lots of preaching flash drives and preaching DVDs to give away as well as a few of our films. Everything we hand out at these events is free of charge if you show up to receive it in person. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you there!
“Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.” 2 John 12
Here is the video announcing the event
Here is the link to the event on Facebook
Friday, January 27, 2017
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32
I recently updated the Faithful Word Baptist Church events page. We have so many exciting events planned for this year, and we want you to stay up to date with events happening near you, so that you can plan to attend.
Also, some of you are starting to plan your own soul-winning marathons, which is great, but please check the events page first to make sure none of the soul-winning events conflict. Believe it or not, there are people who attend every single soul-winning event, so we are trying not to have any of them overlap.
Here’s what we have planned so far for 2017:
January 28 – Small Town Soul-winning Marathon (Southern Arizona)
Feb 28 to Mar 2 - Pastor Anderson preaching/soul-winning in Guyana
March 3 - Pastor Anderson preaching in Trinidad and Tobago
March 23 - Pastor Anderson preaching at Verity Baptist Church (Sacramento, CA)
March 31 - Pastor Anderson preaching at Stedfast Baptist Church (Fort Worth, TX)
April 7 - Pastor Anderson preaching at Old Path Baptist Church (San Antonio, TX)
Apr 17 to 19 - Church Camping Trip, Group 1
Apr 20 to 22 - Church Camping Trip, Group 2
April 30 - First Services of FWBC in Lilongwe, Malawi
June 2 - Soul-winning Marathon in New Orleans, LA
June 24 - Soul-winning Marathon in Albuquerque, NM
Jul 13 to Jul 15 – Soul-winning in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
July 27 - Pastor Anderson preaching at Red Hot Preaching Conference (Sacramento, CA)
August 6 - First Services of Valiant Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL
Please note: All activities are always free of charge, including food, prizes, supplies, etc. Please feel free to invite family and friends to any church-sponsored activity!
We need silent partners at the soul-winning marathons, so don’t worry if you’re not comfortable doing the talking yet. We will pair you up with someone more experienced who can do the talking. Showing up is the first step to becoming a soul winner--we all started out as a silent partner.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30
Here is a link to the sermon "Getting Started Soul-Winning."
Thursday, January 26, 2017
“But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13
The Bible over and over emphasizes calling upon the name of the Lord for salvation. In fact, the doctrine of calling upon the name of the Lord has its origins back in Genesis with the first generation of people on the earth. Adam and Eve were still alive when the Bible says men began to call upon the name of the Lord:
“And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.” Genesis 4:26
People will come along and try to say that the sinner’s prayer is unbiblical. They’ll say that praying a prayer and asking for eternal life is works. These vain janglers are actually saying that if you ask for something, it is no longer a gift.
What if I went down to the welfare office and asked for a welfare check or food stamps? Would anyone say that I earned that money? Asking for something is not earning it. There is no other area in life where we would believe that.
Look at Matthew 7:11:
“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him"
Jesus is talking about how our children ask for things like bread or fish, and he refers to those things they ask us for as gifts.
In John Chapter 4, Jesus told the woman at the well that she would ask for living water if she knew who he was, and he called it the gift of God. If you know the gift of God, and you know Jesus, you will ask him for the gift:
“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” John 4:11
Everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is saved. Nothing could be clearer in scripture, and I’ve never said otherwise. That said, calling upon the name of the Lord is part of salvation. It’s the faith in our heart that saves us, and it is expressed out of our mouth. The prayer is a reflection of what is in our heart.
I personally believe that the attack on the sinner’s prayer is of the Devil. Giving people the Gospel using the Roman’s road and assisting them in a prayer is an effective soul winning method, so the Devil wants us to use less effective methods or perhaps become disillusioned with soul-winning altogether.
I use the tried and true Roman’s Road with a few additional verses, a strong emphasis on eternal security, and some review questions to make sure the person understands. If they say they believe, I lead them in a prayer.
Here is the sermon on The Sinner’s Prayer where I go into this subject in more detail.
Here is my soul-winning demonstration video.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The only thing that I was using my personal account for was to sell my piano books. For a while now, Paul Wittenberger has also been selling the books on his website, Framingtheworld.com, so I’m going to just let him sell the books exclusively there instead of setting up another way to accept payment here on my blog.
I actually had to refund all of the recent orders because of the way my PayPal account was permanently suspended. I refunded all the money and just redirected all those people to Framing the World to purchase the books there.
This course is very user friendly. I’ve literally sold thousands of these books and given away hundreds, and all of the feedback I’ve received has been very positive. In fact, I’ve never had one person complain about or criticize any of the books. If someone didn’t like them, I honestly haven’t heard about it.
This course is designed to be self-guided, so you don’t have to know how to read music or hire a piano teacher. This easy, yet fast paced course will have you ready to participate in a church service after completing Book One. You will start out from day one playing real hymns in the key in which they were written.
Book One is designed for an absolute beginner. I’ve seen people with no prior experience pick up this book and start playing Nothing but the Blood on the first day. If you are an absolute beginner, Book One might take you around six months to master, but it contains everything you need to play 12 different hymns. I even made some companion videos, which I posted on YouTube, to help you through Book One in case you have any questions or just want to hear how the songs are supposed to sound.
Book Two takes you to a higher level of skill and proficiency. It builds on the first book, and gets you playing with a fuller, more complex sound.
Book Three takes everything you learned in Books One and Two and shows you how to apply it to other songs in the hymnal without needing any sheet music. The goal of the book is to get you playing directly from the hymnal.
If you already know how to play the piano and just want to learn how to play hymns, you still need to start with Book One. Otherwise Books Two and Three might not make any sense to you. You might blow through Book One in one day if you are a good piano player, but it is foundational for the rest of the course.
Click here to purchase Book One or the entire course on Framingtheworld.com
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
It’s always great to hear from Brother Garrett Kirchway who continues to provide glowing reports on the work they are doing down in Guyana. He said he had a great time of soul-winning on Saturday with a local church there. Not only did they see seven people saved, but it was also a blessing to hear how excited they are about what they’ve been learning from the soul-winning seminar.
There was even a role-playing exercise before they headed out door knocking. Two people got some practice giving the plan of salvation in front of the group during that time. Other people were talking about writing out their own presentations, incorporating the techniques they learned from watching the seminars. The pastor has been emphasizing soul winning, so the people in the pews are getting fired up about it as well.
I cannot stress enough the importance of leadership by example in this area. Show me a soul-winning church, and I’ll show you a pastor who goes out soul winning. Show me a pastor’s wife who makes time to go soul winning, and I’ll show you a church where many of the women go out and knock doors as opposed to just the men.
“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” 1 Peter 5:1-4
As some of you may know from listening to his sermons, Brother Garrett Kirchway likes to stay physically fit. He gets up early in the morning to walk while it is still dark, so he got some interesting footage of cattle sleeping along the street just before sunrise. He also found a local gym and was pleased to discover that it has six squat racks. The gym is not air conditioned, but to Garrett Kirchway, that’s actually a plus. Haha. We don’t worry much about persecution on the mission field since Garrett is a force to be reckoned with. Of course, ultimately our trust is in the Lord for our safety.
Click here to see the video update on days 8-10 from Brother Kirchway
Brother Garrett Kirchway and his wife Neo are still on that exciting missions trip in Guyana, but their permanent move to Malawi is fast approaching. We are excited about officially starting the church there in April. Many souls were won to the Lord last time Garrett and Neo were there, and those new converts are eagerly awaiting the Kirchways' return.
Malawi on Same-Sex Marriage
I mentioned a while back that the Sodomites tried to spread a rumor that we are banned from Malawi because of my position on “gay marriage.” (Again, I don’t really talk about fag marriage, anyway—I talk about Romans 1 and Leviticus 20:13)
The following excerpt from Wikipedia discusses the fact that same-sex marriage has been banned in Malawi:
“On 17 April 2015, The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law came into force and banned all same-sex marriages and unions. While the law was praised for raising the minimum age of heterosexual marriages from 16 to 18, it was at the same time condemned for the exclusion of homosexual couples and for its language stating that one's gender is assigned at birth. The new law does not allow people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery to marry someone of that person's prior gender and also draws comparisons of gay sex to rape and sexual harassment.”
Malawi on Immigration
The Malawi government also prohibits homosexuals from immigrating, putting them in the same category with prostitutes. The following is an excerpt from the Malawi government website regarding their immigration policy:
Part I - IMMIGRATION GENERALLY
4. Prohibited immigrants
(1)Subject to this Act, the following persons shall be prohibited immigrants and their entry into or presence within Malawi shall be unlawful
(g)any prostitute or homosexual, or any person, male or female, who lives or has lived on or knowingly receives or has received any part of the earnings of prostitution or homosexuality, or has procured men or women for immoral purposes;
36. Aiding and abetting unlawful entry
(2)Any person who commits any fraudulent act or makes any false representation by conduct, statement or otherwise for the purpose of facilitating or assisting the entry of himself or any other person into Malawi, contrary to this Act, shall be liable to the penalties prescribed in subsection (1).
Deportable Offenses in Malawi
Interestingly, sodomy is listed under deportable offenses:
12. Incest, sodomy, bestiality, indecent assault or any unnatural offence
Although the Malawi government no longer arrests their own people for committing homosexual acts, they aren’t exactly Sodomite friendly either. They consider sodomy an “unnatural offense,” they don’t let homos get married, and they certainly don’t want any more of them moving into their country. In light of these facts, I doubt the Malawi government will be surprised that, as a Christian pastor, I am also against sodomy.
Here is a sermon on Garrett's time in Malawi
Monday, January 23, 2017
Calling all Techies and End Times Prophecy Buffs:
Framing the World Productions is putting on an exciting contest called the After the Tribulation Remix contest. What we want you to do is take the bonus footage from the original After the Tribulation documentary and make your own new documentary. We want you to re-edit it, revamp it, and create your own unique documentary.
Here are the official rules for the contest:
1. Start by purchasing the new edition of After the Tribulation, which includes both the DVD of the film and the companion flash drive with the bonus material. You can purchase one of these sets on Framing the Word for 39.99.
2. Edit your own film using the material from the USB flash drive. The flash drive contains extended interviews, sermons, etc. Your new film will be entitled “After the Tribulation Revisited.”
3. Your entry must be 45 minutes or longer including the credits, etc.
4. We want you to use footage that we did not already use in After the Tribulation. No more than 10 percent of what you use can be footage that has already been used. We want you to take advantage of the bonus material, so that your movie will feel like a totally different movie.
5. You can add whatever material you like from your own sources. You can make your own graphics and include your own news clips and archival footage. You can also use footage from the Book of Revelation series. You can also add your own background music. Don’t use rock music or Christian contemporary music (CCM). Use classy music if you want to win.
6. Don’t upload huge sections of the uncut USB footage to YouTube. Edit the material into your movie, and then upload your entry.
7. When you upload your entry to YouTube, be sure to upload it as: “After the Tribulation Contest Entry-Your Name.”
8. The deadline for contest entry is March 15, 2017. If there is no acceptable entry by March 15th, we’ll extend the deadline to April 15th.
9. The contest will be judged by Paul Wittenburger and me. We will determine which video we like best--It’s totally based on our whim.
10. The winning entry is going to be released on DVD and we’ll print at least 1000 copies of that DVD. Not only will you get the honor of having your DVD distributed, but you’ll get 100 of those copies plus a flight to Phoenix, Arizona to visit Faithful Word Baptist Church. That’s right, we will fly you out to congratulate you in person.
If it’s a domestic flight, meaning you live in the United States, we’ll give you two tickets, so that you and one other person can visit. If you live overseas, we will pay for just the one ticket to fly you out. If someone from Phoenix wins, we can fly you to another city to visit another awesome church.
11. There is also going to be another “viewer’s choice award.” Whichever entry gets the most thumbs ups on YouTube will receive an honorable mention and 100 dollars.
12. Many will enter. Few will win. “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
I know there’s a lot of talent out there, so I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Even if you don’t win, you are putting a version of the documentary out there and helping to spread the truth of God’s Word.
Here’s the video where I discuss the rules of contest in a little more detail.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
The health and wealth prosperity gospel is a lie. Prosperity preachers teach that if you serve the Lord, everything is always going to go well for you. A lot of times because we are reacting to that lie, we lose sight of the fact that God will bless our obedience. With every false doctrine, there’s usually some truth mixed in. The truth of the matter is that God will reward and prosper us in the end, but we have also been called to a life of suffering and affliction.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19
Jeremiah’s life is a perfect example of this. In Jeremiah 40 we see the aftermath of the fall of Jerusalem. They besieged Jerusalem for a long time. They killed all the princes. They put out Zedekiah’s eyes. The city is destroyed, the houses have been burned, and the Chaldeans have taken over.
After the battle is over, they took captives of all the important people in Jerusalem. Jeremiah was among those captives, but Nebuzaradan, the captain of the host, actually lets Jeremiah go. Look what it says in verse 4:
“And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.”
Nebuzaradan basically told Jeremiah if you want to come to Babylon, I’ll personally take care of you and make sure you have what you need. Or if you don’t think it’s a good idea to go to Babylon, stay here. God miraculously worked in the hearts of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan, and others in order to bless Jeremiah.
“When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7
Jeremiah had been through a lot of hard times up until this point. He spent a lot of time in prison. One of the times he was in a pit of mire that was literally like the hole of an outhouse with no food to eat. In Jeremiah 40, Jeremiah is at that point in his life where he’s paid his dues and things are finally turning around for him. He has money and freedom and gets to live wherever he wants.
God will prosper us for doing right, but what the health and wealth preachers leave out is all the trials and heartache along the way. We need to understand that there’s a timeline: First there is suffering; then we are blessed.
Job is another great example of someone who was afflicted for awhile but was blessed in the long run:
“So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: “Job 42:21a
“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” Psalm 37:37
When you live for the Lord, you’re going to be blessed in the end. Eventually, you’re going to prosper. It may not seem like it right now, but someday when you look back at your life, you’re going to be able to say, "Jesus led me all the way."
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
Here is the sermon on Jeremiah 40 that covers this subject
Saturday, January 21, 2017
“Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:2-3
The Bible teaches that we should be unselfish in our prayers. When we pray for others and pray according to God’s will, God is going to give us what we need in addition to answering our prayers. Job and Solomon are two examples of people in the Bible who prayed unselfishly and were greatly blessed for it.
“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10
In the above verse, we see God turning things around for Job and greatly blessing him as a direct result of him praying for his friends.
We also have a great example of an unselfish prayer in 2 Chronicles 1:
“In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead. Now, O Lord God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude. Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great? And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.” 2 Chronicles 1:7-12
Instead of asking for something for himself, Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge, so that he could do right by others. This pleased God so much that he also gave Solomon riches and honor. Sometimes when we pray, God will give us things that we didn’t even ask for because the Holy Spirit steps in and intercedes for us.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26
When we pray for someone else, God is more likely to answer that prayer than when we pray for ourselves. When we do pray for ourselves, we should ask for wisdom, so that we can help others. If we are unselfish in our prayers, God just might bless us more than we could ever imagine.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Here is a sermon on prayer.
Friday, January 20, 2017
|Pastor Roger Jimenez has a great soul-winning training seminar on video.|
Foundation Baptist Church has a hospital ministry, and on Day 7 Brother Garrett Kirchway got to work in that ministry. It was Brother Kirchway and two other guys, and they preached the Gospel at two different hospitals.
Here’s how they do it there: First they pass out tracts to everyone sitting in the waiting area, and then someone preaches a Gospel message to the group. After that, they have an invitation where they ask for a show of hands of people who aren’t sure they are going to Heaven. Those who raise their hand are given the opportunity to be dealt with in a more personal way with an even more thorough presentation. Eight people were willing to come forward and listen to the Gospel that day, and three of those eight people got saved. After that, Brother Garrett Kirchway went soul-winning with the pastor of a different church in another part of town, and they got two more people saved.
That night they had the Wednesday night church service at another church that is showing Pastor Jimenez’ Soul Winning Seminar on Wednesday nights, and the people are really enjoying it. I am always glad to hear about churches using that course since it is such an excellent resource for learning to present the Gospel in a thorough way. It also has a lot of practical tips for being polite out soul-winning that you may have never even thought about.
Pastor Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento has been soul-winning every week since he was a kid, so he really knows his stuff. If you haven’t watched the videos yet, I encourage you to take the time to watch them—even if you are already an experienced soul winner.
A lady that Brother Garrett won to the Lord out soul-winning showed up to church on Wednesday night, which was a blessing. I definitely look forward to the updates from Brother Garrett each day, and I’m excited about what God is going to do through his preaching during the 40-day revival.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
Click here to watch Pastor Jimenez Soul-Winning Seminar.
|Bro. Kirchway ready to preach to a classroom at Charleston Secondary School|
Brother Kirchway worked on his sermons for part of the day while it was raining, but when the rain let up, he went out soul winning in the neighborhood where he is staying. This area, which is considered affluent, wasn’t as receptive as other neighborhoods he has been to, but he was still able to get two people saved.
Garrett had set up an appointment the night before for them to preach at a secondary school in Georgetown. The principal seemed to have a great attitude over the phone and told them they would be preaching to around 600 students. When they walked in that morning, things had changed. The principal had a totally different demeanor, and it seemed like she didn’t even want them to be there. Thankfully, they were able to talk her into letting them preach to at least some of the students.
The principal talked to a supervisor who was very excited about letting them preach to his group of students. Brother Kirchway ended up with an audience of about 50 students total from two different classrooms. When Brother Kirchway was setting up the camera to video tape the assembly, the principal told them that would not be allowed. They were able to snap a few photos even though they didn’t film the presentation (see photo above).
They preached the Gospel to those 50 kids, and both the students and their supervisor seemed very receptive. The supervisor seemed to be enjoying it and even pulled out his iPhone and filmed some of the presentation. Brother Kirchway estimated that around 35-40 of the kids raised their hand indicating that they wanted to be saved before he led them in a group prayer. Hopefully, many of them understood and believed. On the way out, each student was issued a sermon flash drive loaded with key sermons.
Brother Kirchway asked someone why they thought the principal had changed her mind about having them speak to the entire school, and he said that she was a devout Seventh Day Adventist. Maybe she had talked to someone and found out that Baptists do not believe the same way as Seventh Day Adventists about salvation.
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28
Here is a sermon exposing the Seventh Day Adventists
Thursday, January 19, 2017
“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.” 3 John, verse 9
Brother Garrett Kirchway, who is currently on a missions trip in Guyana, was looking for a church to attend on Thursday night since a lot of churches have a Thursday night service. He found out about an IFB church pastored by Joshua Rhoades and gave Mr. Rhoades a call to ask for directions.
Brother Garrett had given his first name and said that he was looking for a church to attend that night. Rhoades, an American missionary in Guyana, was apparently suspicious of an American wanting to visit and questioned Brother Garrett further about who he was and where he was from.
“My name is Garrett Kirchway, and I’m from Arizona. So far I've been going to New Testament Baptist Church, and on Sunday I was at Foundation Baptist Church.”
“Do you have anything at all to do with Steven Anderson?”
“Yes, that’s my home church.”
“Well then you wouldn’t even be welcome here.”
What in the world! Joshua Rhoades has never met me or Brother Garrett to have anything against us personally. Obviously, he must be aware of some doctrinal differences, but so what? A Hindu or Buddhist would obviously be welcome to attend the church, but a fellow Baptist with doctrinal differences is not? I can’t help but wonder what he has against us. Is it my position on the post-trib rapture or the hard preaching against Sodomites?
What is the scriptural reason to not allow Garrett to even visit his church? Is Garrett a drunk? No. A fornicator? No. An idolater? No. What could he have possibly done to offend Pastor Rhoades? He hadn't even spoken with him or met him!
Perhaps Joshua Rhoades preaches another gospel? It kind of looks that way, unless his doctrinal statement was a careless copy and paste from another church. The following is a quote from the salvation section of the doctrinal statement on Missionary Joshua Rhoades’ website:
“…It involves repentance (a change of mind concerning sin and a turning from it) and faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross of Calvary…”
Even the repent-of-your-sins-to-be-saved crowd normally welcomes those of a different stripe, so could it be that this guy is offended by my preaching against the homos? One of the most common reasons other pastors won’t fellowship with me is that I have said that no homo will ever be allowed in our church. Even many of the more mainstream independent fundamental Baptist churches have something in their bylaws that allows them to kick out Sodomites, so it’s strange that so many take offense to me just saying it out loud.
I wonder if Sodomites are welcome to visit Joshua Rhoades’ church? All I know is that Brother Garrett Kirchway, a soul-winning Baptist missionary, is not.
Here is a sermon that covers SCRIPTURAL reasons to not allow someone to attend church (drunkenness, fornication, etc.)
Saturday was the regular soul-winning time at the church that Brother Kirchway is visiting, and Brother Kirchway got to preach the “soul-winning charge” before they headed out. Brother Kirchway’s team knocked four doors and got three people saved, which goes to show how receptive people are there. Neo’s team got two people saved, so it was a fruitful morning.
Brother Garrett’s impression of the people of Guyana so far is that they are a shy and humble people. Interestingly, they seem to know a lot of Bible, meaning they can quote some of the salvation verses, but they are usually not saved. Many of them have just never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel.
“And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.” Acts 8:30-31
On Sunday, Brother Kirchway spent some time at another church, Foundation Baptist Church. He had already been asked to preach in their evening service, but that morning when he met with the pastor, the pastor requested that he share his testimony and preach during the morning service. During the testimony, Brother Kirchway mentioned that he has a passion for soul winning and wants to go soul-winning every single day while he’s there. A couple of children came up to him after the service, expressing an interest in soul winning with him. Their parents don’t go to that church, so Brother Garrett was thinking that maybe he could try to meet with the parents and check their salvation and maybe arrange for the kids to go out soul-winning with him and his wife Neo.
After the morning service, the pastor and his family took Brother Kirchway to lunch at Pizza Hut. Brother Kirchway really appreciated that and had a great time of fellowship with this dear family. He told them all about what happened to him in Botswana, and the pastor asked him to talk about that in the evening sermon since he wants his congregation to be prepared for future persecution.
Both the morning and the evening services went very well. Brother Kirchway made a lot of contacts and various preaching opportunities were set up for the next week. One of the young men in the church talked about his hospital ministry where Brother Kirchway will be able to preach in the lobby. Another opportunity will be preaching in a Christian club that meets in a high school during lunchtime. They told Brother Kirchway they wanted him to preach hard against fornication and alcohol to the Christian kids there.
“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1
Here is a link to Garrett preaching in a public school in Guyana on his first day there
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
My sister and brother-in-law were recently approached in Walmart by a man carrying an NIV who asked them if they were familiar with the “Church of God.” After they responded that they were Baptists, he proceeded to announce that God is also female and that the Bible talks about a “Heavenly mother.” At first, they thought the female he might be referring to was Mary or maybe even “Shekinah,” but it was something even weirder.
They rebuked his strange doctrine with scripture and schooled him on some other things including the Bible version issue. They tried to give him the gospel throughout the discussion, but he kept going to back to the female God thing. They challenged him to show them that from the Bible, and he took them to Galatians 4:26.
"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." - Galatians 4:26
This seemingly intelligent, well-spoken young man actually believed that "Jerusalem" in that verse is God and felt that he had successfully proven that God has a female persona. The guy’s beliefs defied logic, and my brother-in-law even got him to admit that he believed only people who go to his church will go to Heaven—a textbook sign of a cult. The cult member also admitted to believing that Old Testament saints like King David burned in Hell until Jesus visited them after the crucifixion and told them how to get out.
He denied the simple truth of John 3:16, stating that you also have to also keep the Passover and Sabbath to be saved. Admittedly, that part of the discussion was kind of a moot point since the guy believed in a female God, but at least they hit him with several verses in an attempt to get through to him.
Apparently, a couple of verses in Galatians that mention "Jerusalem" are the basis of a cult called World Mission Society Church of God, which was founded by a man in Korea who they believe was the second coming of Jesus Christ! If you’ve ever wondered how Jim-Jones style cults recruit people, apparently, they might approach you while you’re out shopping.
Poor people in third world countries often fall prey to bizarre cult leaders and antichrists, but it’s surprising that a seemingly educated American was worshiping a woman in Korea as God! He said that Jerusalem IS a woman and that she lives in Korea. At one point, he even had the audacity to say that she is God's wife! This already brainwashed person was not interested in hearing the Roman’s Road.
We aren’t the only ones out there proselytizing, so we need to try to reach people before someone else does. Unfortunately, there are gullible people all over the world who might be just as receptive to joining a cult as they would be to getting saved.
“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” Proverbs 14:15
Here is a video to go along with this story
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Matthew 5:32
The Bible clearly teaches that if you divorce your spouse and marry someone else, then you are committing adultery. People will sometimes misunderstand this concept and assume that they are living in a perpetual state of adultery if they’ve been divorced and remarried.
They’ll wonder if they are still married to the first person in God’s eyes, but that is not the case. The Bible teaches that once you remarry, it would be an abomination for you to go back to your former spouse—even after your current spouse dies. The only couples who are supposed to be reconciled are people who have gotten divorced but have both remained unmarried.
“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” Deuteronomy 24:1-4
“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” 1 Corinthians 7:10-11
As a pastor, it is my job to preach against the wicked sin of divorce. I want to try to prevent people who have not already made that mistake from ever going down that road. Not only that, but if you are on your second or third marriage, I’m not trying to tear you down for your past sins. I’m warning you not to divorce your current spouse. Stay with the person you are married to right now because whoever you are currently married to is now God’s will for your life.
People have accused me of being a fraud because my parents are divorced and have both remarried. Since when is it the child’s fault when his parents get divorced? The only reason these people even know that about my parents is because I have mentioned it from the pulpit. Obviously, I am not trying to keep it a secret.
I’ve forgiven my parents, and I’m not mad at half of our society that gets divorced, but I’m not going to downplay divorce or stop preaching against it. God hates it, and it destroys families. If you have committed that sin in the past, you ought not be offended when you hear preaching on the subject. Don’t you want the younger generation to avoid the heartache and punishment you have experienced? Even if you don’t have children with you in church, I would think that you would want your current spouse to hear preaching that will give him or her a reason to stick with you through the bad times.
Here is a sermon to go with this article
Monday, January 16, 2017
“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18
Fornication is defined as a man and a woman sleeping together before marriage. This sin is condemned throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament. We are all sinners, but not all sin is equal. The Bible teaches that fornication is so serious that it can get you thrown out of the church.
“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1 Corinthians 5:11
“…Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:13b
If you are saved and sleeping with someone you aren’t married to, you need to repent of that sin. If you are living together, and you’re not married, then you are living in sin. If you plan to keep coming to church, your options are to get married or stop living together.
The Bible teaches that we should only have physical relations within marriage, so if you aren’t married yet, you need to deny that ungodly lust and wait until you get married to enjoy the benefits of marriage. If you aren’t ready to marry the person you are dating, then you shouldn’t be sleeping together. Have some self-control and respect for your body!
“For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
People who commit fornication for the first time often do not end up marrying that person but go on to be with person after person. Our bodies were not designed to exchange bacteria with hundreds of different people. In fact, there are infections people can get that are not considered STDs per say but are virtually unheard of in people who got married as virgins and have had only one partner. I realize that people die and their spouse can remarry, but sleeping with more than a few people in your lifetime is very unhealthy. In fact, the Bible calls it filthy.
“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:” Revelation 17:4
Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, fornication is still wrong. Remember the story of Dinah in Genesis chapter 34?
“And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?”
So many women today are in relationships where they would like to get married, but the guy won’t marry them. These jerks need to do the right thing, but the women are also to blame. Unfortunately, the old adage still holds true: Why buy the cow if you can get the milk free?
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
In churches that have “faith promise missions,” they hand out cards, and people pledge to give a certain amount weekly, throughout the year. I’m not against churches that do this, but I don’t personally believe in it because I wouldn’t want someone to invoke the wrath of God when they fail to keep their promise.
People have a tendency to break financial vows even when they make them in church. This used to bother me when I went to a church that had a faith promise missions program. I remember there would be two figures in the bulletin. There was the total promised and the total collected, and those two figures were always different. The promise was always a little higher than what was actually coming in. They would make it sound like getting 75 percent of what was promised was good, but I remember being nervous about it. It always made me think of Ananias and Sapphira.
“But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.” Acts 5:1-11
When I decided to relocate to another state mid-year, I didn’t forget about my faith promise. I added up how many weeks were left in the year and paid off what I still owed. God didn’t tell me I had to make that promise to begin with, but since I had, I needed to keep it. I could have mailed the offering in each week, but I didn’t know how my job was going to go at my new location, so I just paid it off in advance to be on the safe side. I was poor in those days, but I scraped up the money by selling some stuff before I left.
That’s great if you can give sacrificially to legitimate missionaries on a regular basis, but don’t be too quick to make a vow to God. Whatever promises you make to God, you had better keep. Better yet, don’t make a financial vow at all.
“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.” Ecclesiastes 5:4-6
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
A couple of years ago I preached a sermon called "AIDS: the Judgment of God" that brought the wrath of the Sodomite community down on our church. They went on a campaign to attack our church in many different ways, and one of the things they did was call down the list of the churches that we recommended in our church directory and complain about our church being so harsh to the "LGBT community." This prompted several pastors to write to me and tell me that they wanted to be removed from the directory because they did not want to be associated with that type of preaching.
The same week I received an email from Pastor Chris Corrigan of Sligo Baptist Church asking to be removed from the directory without stating a reason. I wrongfully assumed that he was one of the pastors who had a problem with my preaching against the Sodomites, and included him in a blog post listing pastors who had discouraged me during that time of persecution. It turns out that he was asking to be removed because of an unrelated incident that had happened in his church where someone who listened to my sermons online had been causing problems. The timing was coincidental, and I shouldn't have jumped to conclusions and lumped him in with the others who stated why they wanted to be removed. I apologized to Pastor Corrigan for my mistake.
Another moral of this story for those who listen to my sermons is that you should try to be a blessing in your local church and not go in there expecting it to be identical to Faithful Word Baptist Church. If you want to go to FWBC, then move to Phoenix and go to FWBC. If you attend a different independent fundamental Baptist church, then you should respect that pastor's authority and get on board with the program of that local church. Don't just march in and start handing out copies of "After the Tribulation." Focus on what you like about the church and the things you do agree with, and let that church be a place for you and your family to grow, and thrive, and serve the Lord. Over time, you can be a positive influence in that church, but make sure you have the right attitude and are not filled with pride. Also keep in mind that you are not the pastor of the church.
Here is a blog post on 3 Ways to be a Bad Church Member.
Here is an old sermon from many years ago that I preached called "Too Puffed Up for Church."
“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;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3
I’ve been talking a lot about how Pastor Ram Angad lost support for associating with me, but this isn’t just about one missionary. It’s a clash of two different ideologies. Anyone who starts preaching that the rapture will be after the tribulation gets ostracized because there are people out there who have an agenda to keep the truth hidden on this issue.
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:104
I want to watch the false doctrine of a pre-tribulation rapture fall in my lifetime. Of course there will always be people that preach every false doctrine, but my goal is that it will fall among the people that matter. We need to take the battering ram of Matthew 24, the battering ram of 2 Thessalonians 2, and the battering ram of Mark 13, and defeat this doctrine.
I find that when I explain the post-tribulation rapture to the people in the pew, they have no problem embracing this doctrine. It’s the people in the pulpit who have a hard time facing it. The reason is that the pre-tribulation rapture is the more popular doctrine.
I’ve talked to pastors who agree with me that the rapture will take place after the tribulation, yet they are nervous about officially switching over to the post-trib position. They don’t want to eat crow because they’ve been preaching pre trib all these years. Not only that, but if word gets out that they are no longer pre trib, they’ll be kicked out of the pastors' club. They will no longer get the preaching engagements, and if they are missionaries, they will lose their support. These preachers need to ask themselves whether pleasing men is more important to them than pleasing God.
“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
You also have a choice to make. You can go along to get along, or you can take a stand for what you believe. Sticking to the pre-trib rapture is a classic example of just going with tradition and not making the Bible your final authority.
Here is a sermon on Bible Prophecy Foundations.
Click here to watch “After the Tribulation.”
Friday, January 13, 2017
|Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America|
There are many exciting things planned for January when it comes to missions, and Evangelist Garrett Kirchway from Faithful Word Baptist is already there in Guyana doing a great work. Brother Garrett and Mrs. Neo Kirchway are staying in a studio apartment, which they have rented for the whole month. After they leave, Brother Matthew Stucky from Verity Baptist Church will be staying there, followed by any other preachers that go down there after him.
Brother Garrett Kirchway has already preached in two public schools located near the church. The first school had 200 students, and the second school had 350 students. Hundreds prayed to accept Christ after hearing a thorough presentation of the Gospel, so no doubt, many of them understood and got saved. Not only did 550 students and several teachers hear the plan of salvation, but they each received a preaching flash drive loaded with 28 key sermons from Faithful Word Baptist Church.
The most important part of Brother Kirchway’s sermon in the schools was of course the Gospel message, but he also gave them a short pep talk about working hard in life and applying themselves to their studies. ”Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might;” This is the part that the teachers appreciate for obvious reasons and will hopefully help us to be invited back in the future.
Brother Garrett also did some soul-winning in local neighborhoods, but the soul-winning is more house to house there than “door to door.” In Guyana many of the houses are surrounded by metal fences and gates, so the way that you get the attention of the people inside is by standing out in the street in front of the house and shouting out, “Inside! inside!” The people then come out and hear what you have to say. People are very receptive there so soul-winning in Guyana is very fruitful.
Here is a partial video of Brother Garrett preaching at one of the schools.
When people come to the church office asking for money, I ask them where they went to church on Sunday. If they name another church, I tell them to go ask that church for money. If you have an account at Bank of America, you don’t walk into Wells Fargo asking to make a withdrawal. The truth is, most of these people don’t go to church anywhere, and there are certain criteria in the Bible about who we are supposed to help.
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10
Our first priority should be members of our church who have a genuine need, especially the widows and the fatherless. Even the widows have to meet certain criteria as outlined in 1 Timothy Chapter 5.
The Bible does not teach that we should give away free money to every drug addict and whore that shows up on a Tuesday asking for money. These people have despised God’s commandments, despised chastity, and despised the institution of marriage. They are wasting what little money they have on lottery tickets, cigarettes, and worse. They go from church to church asking for money yet lack the character it takes to show up and even sit through one church service.
Recently, I had someone contact me a few hours before a church service asking for financial help. I told her what time church started and that I would talk to her afterward if she attended the service. She showed up for the service, and as soon as I started preaching on sin, she got up and walked out.
These lazy bums don’t want to hear what the Bible says, but they want God’s money. They want to use our church as an ATM machine when they don’t even have an account here. If you can’t stand the Bible and can’t stand preaching, then you should go somewhere else looking for money instead of a church.
With all of the government programs and charities available, people in the United States are not financially destitute. If they were really that hungry, they would be willing to sit through the service. These people need spiritual help more than financial help, but unfortunately, most of them are not interested in hearing the Word of God.
You can take your personal money and help whoever you want, but when I put my money in the offering plate, I don’t want it to go toward buying more drugs for a drug addict. Our church helps people all the time, but the Bible says we are supposed to “consider the cause of the poor,” not just indiscriminately hand out money.
“The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it.” Proverbs 29:7
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” Ephesians 4:11-12
The church is intended to be a place of teaching, fellowship, and worship for born-again, baptized believers. Many churches have instead become geared toward unbelievers. Some pastors will preach the plan of salvation every Sunday morning rather than getting into the deeper truths that saved Christians need to learn in order to grow. The purpose of church is to perfect the saints and edify the body of Christ. As a pastor and teacher, I’m supposed to teach and build up people who are already saved.
Years ago, I had a guy write a complaint about me on a visitor card and then bolt away after the service. He wrote about how he couldn’t believe that I didn’t even give the plan of salvation during my sermon and questioned whether I was even saved. This guy literally thought I should be giving the Gospel in every service, but what about feeding the flock?
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
You’ll hear people say that they’re leaving a church because they’re not being fed. They are right to come to church expecting to be fed spiritually because the Bible teaches that a pastor is supposed to feed the church.
I’m not going to gear my sermon toward a visitor that walks in who may or may not be saved. Instead, I’m going to finish my sermon and try to catch that guy afterward and give him the gospel. If I don’t do it, I’ll have someone else from our church talk to him.
As a pastor, I’m also supposed to “do the work of an evangelist,” which is what I’m doing when I knock on doors or preach a salvation message in a school. I go where the unsaved people are and try to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I’m preaching in church, though, my role is that of pastor and teacher.
When I prepare a sermon, I’m not thinking about the unsaved visitors who might show up that day. I’m thinking about feeding the saved church members that make up most of the congregation. I’m thinking about the saints who come to church to be edified and perfected.
More souls will be saved in the long run when the flock is being properly fed. As people grow spiritually, they will do more soul winning in the highways and hedges. Not only that, but when they are properly trained, they will approach unsaved visitors at church and give them the gospel one-on-one, which is how we reach unsaved people who visit our church.
Here is a sermon on "Contemporary Churches" to go along with this article
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
|Johnny Nixon - pervert false teacher from "Born That Way Ministries"|
It has recently come to my attention that even some of the big-name independent fundamental Baptist preachers are now supporting an organization called "Born that Way Ministries." The so-called Christian version of the homos-are-born-that-way philosophy teaches that homosexuals are really just spiritual eunuchs who have been destined to a life of celibacy. Churches who subscribe to this doctrine invite Sodomite reprobates into their churches and try to reform them, endangering children in the process.
In biblical times and at other stages of human history, some males were castrated, and these men were called eunuchs. If someone has no desire to get married or have a sexual relationship with anyone due to an anatomical defect or other medical condition--or even just out of zeal for the Lord, that person may classify as a type of biblical eunuch. Few people are born with those type of conditions or choose a life of celibacy on purpose, but the occasional person remaining celibate for their entire life is a legitimate and natural option.
Homosexuality, on the other hand, is an abomination and unnatural. If someone is born with no sex drive, they don't just accidentally start going after "strange flesh." According to the thesis of the book these people are pushing, we are supposed to believe that a man who committed Sodomy with a multitude of men was actually just "asexual" and attracted to neither men nor women. It's hard to believe that anyone is actually stupid enough to believe that. The true story is that many fundamental Baptists don't have the guts to preach what the Bible actually says in 2017 America, so they conveniently latch onto these type of cute, new doctrines.
I always try to overlook some of the differences I have with mainstream independent fundamental Baptists and have repeatedly steered people in the direction of “the best church in your area,” but it is becoming more and more difficult for me to endorse the current leaders of the old IFB movement. I realize that there are many independent churches who are not on board with the born that way movement, however it appears to be spreading in fundamental Baptist circles.
Men like Dr. Jack Hyles and Dr. John R. Rice knew that Sodomites were not born that way and would probably roll over in their graves if they saw the liberal direction many of the Bible-college driven independent Baptist circles are going today. As Baptists we need to make the Bible our authority instead of being carried about with every wind of doctrine. Like Josiah in 2 Kings chapter 23, we need to keep the Sodomites away from the house of God.
The following list of churches that support Born that Way Ministries should be avoided at all costs since inviting Sodomites into church is dangerous to children:
Paul Gentry, 360-428-7012
Harvest Baptist Church
16946 Memorial Hwy
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Dr. Bob Gray
Solve Church Problems
Dr. Rick Carter, 405-691-6990
Bethaven Baptist Church
12400 South Western Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73170
Dr. Jeff Owens, 252-633-4220
Twin Rivers Baptist Church
804 US Hwy 70 East
New Bern, NC 28560
Dr. J. Michael Callaghan, 510-233-2556
Arlington Baptist Church
6382 Arlington Blvd
Richmond, CA 94805
Pastor Dominic Pennachietti, 215-467-9259
New Greenwich Light Baptist Church
121 West Oregon Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Pastor Christian Pennachietti, 215-389-2626
Third Baptist Church
2400 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Pastor Jeremiah Andrews, 318-343-1830
Bayou Baptist Church
866 Hwy 139
Monroe, LA 71203
Pastor Chris McPherson, 229-890-1170
Crossview Baptist Church
197 Hopewell Church RD.
Moultrie, GA 31788
Pastor Dave Koehler, 419-994-1611
Loudonville Baptist Temple
15528 State Rt 3 North
Loudonville, OH 44842
Pastor Rob Green, 207-882-6941
Bible Baptist Church
143 Beechnut Hill Rd.
Wiscasset, ME 04578
Daniel Southern, 214-810-0418
Pastor Josh Carter, 360-671-8697
Bellingham Baptist Church
2501 Orleans Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Pastor D. Pennachietti, 215-426-1909
Bethel Baptist Church
2210 East Susquehanna Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Pastor Aaron Rodgerson, 660-665-0050
Southside Baptist Church
1010 West Burton Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
Pastor Paul Caldwell, 479-295-9048
Lighthouse Baptist Church
778 South Happy Hollow Rd.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Pastor Don Thoms, 315-323-1384
Grace Baptist Church
1817 Green Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Pastor Chet Cooper, 478-825-7495
Victory Baptist Church
243 Marshall Mill Rd.
Fort Valley, GA 31030
Pastor Paul Dziadul, 478-474-4842
Lake Wildwood Baptist Church
701 Greentree Pkwy
Macon, GA 31220
Pastor Clemon Chapell Jr., 219-845-8059
SonRise Baptist Church
2301 Fairbanks Street
Gary Indiana 46406
Pastor Mark Agan, 919-742-3968
Community Baptist Church
2575 Hamp Stone Rd.
Siler City, NC 27344
Dr. S.M. Davis, 1-800-500-8853
Solve Family Problems
Pastor Vince Williams, 607-373-5648
Temple Baptist Church
121 Grotsinger Rd.
Norwich, NY 13815
Dr. James Wilkins, 817-909-8010
New Testament Ministries
Pastor Steven White, 604-502-7546
Grace Baptist Church
13570 78th Ave.
Surrey, BC V3W 8V3
Preacher Mike Kellet, 318-396-6000
Whites Ferry Rd. Church
3201 North 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Here is a sermon to go with this article.
If you were convicted of a crime in our court system, there would be a range of penalties for that crime. Perhaps your crime would carry a sentence of 6 months to 5 years. The judge or jury might choose to give you a lighter sentence for whatever reason. When we sin against God, one of the factors he looks at when deciding how much grace to give us is how forgiving we have been with others.
When my children have been doing things wrong all day, I might get into a mode where I’m ready to crack down on them for the smallest infraction. At other times when they are in good standing with me, I’m more likely to show leniency and overlook some small stuff. If God were up in heaven just waiting for us to make a mistake, we would all be constantly getting punished. We can improve our standing with God and increase the mercy that he shows us by forgiving others.
When you’re driving in a 45 mile an hour zone, you might go four or five miles over the speed limit because you know that leniency is there. What if they installed a device in your car where every time you went one mile over the speed limit you automatically got a ticket? If the speed limit was enforced that strictly, we’d all be getting tickets every day.
Do you want God, who knows your every thought, to cloud up and rain over the smallest infraction? We should forgive others to the degree that we want God to forgive us. The Lord Jesus Christ, our example, taught us forgiveness when he was on the cross and said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” We are commanded to forgive one another because God forgives us.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Stephen followed Christ’s example of forgiveness when they were stoning him to death and his last words were, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” The Bible commands us to forgive each other, and there is definitely something in it for us when we do so.
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15
Here is a sermon to go with this article
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
At the end of the book of Job when God blesses Job and his wife with ten more children, I’m assuming this is the same wife that told Job to curse God and die. There is no mention of the first wife dying or Job getting a new wife. Some people find this hard to believe, but it really doesn’t surprise me. People have a tendency to assume that if they have a big fight then the marriage is over.
Job’s wife had just lost all of her children and was going through a terrible time when she said that to him. Most people haven’t gone through anything like what they went through, but if you’ve been married for any length of time, you have likely had at least one major fight.
People who are dating or engaged can’t always picture themselves going through marital strife in the future, but it’s important to warn people that there will be some conflict. I remember when I was looking for an apartment when my wife and I first got married, and my sister advised me to get a one bedroom apartment as opposed to a studio. “When you get in a fight, you’re going to need that door.” I couldn’t imagine that at the time, but I got the one bedroom, and my sister was right. There will be disagreements, and sometimes, you need to go to another room for a little while to cool off.
Pastors who act like they have a perfect marriage are doing the congregation a disservice. Hollywood and the music industry are already perpetuating an unrealistic view of romance, so someone needs to give people a reality check. When problems arise, and they will, people will assume it’s just them or their spouse. They’ll think that they must have married the wrong person.
It’s kind of like when pastors teach a pre-tribulation rapture, and people aren’t prepared to go through persecution. A pre-trib style marriage philosophy doesn’t provide a realistic expectation about marriage. They go into marriage assuming everything will be great, and then they are shaken when they don’t get along as well as they expected.
I can honestly say that my marriage is better now than when I was a newlywed, but I’d be lying if I said it has always been wonderful. We’ve had our ups and downs just like everyone else. Hopefully, you have gotten off to a good start in your relationship, but don’t be surprised when things get ugly.
I recently heard about a conversation between two co-workers:
“Man, I don’t know if I can forgive my wife.”
“She cheated on you!?”
“No, she didn’t cheat.”
“Well, what did she do??”
“She called me stupid.”
This is a perfect example of having unrealistic expectations about marriage. That guy’s wife failed to reverence him when she called him stupid, but we are all sinners. No marriage is perfect all the time. People who have forgiven each other for much greater offenses would laugh that off as a minor infraction.
Those couples who bail after a few months or even several years never find out that marriage does get better. You learn which buttons to avoid pushing and how to resolve conflicts with your particular spouse. Marriage is a series of ups and downs, but if you ride out the low times, the fights will become few and far between. You’ll fall in love with each other again and again, and over time, you’ll reach a higher level of satisfaction in your relationship.
Here is a sermon to go with this article