To All Preachers!

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Revelation 2:1-5 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. …..

    We live in a world today where the body of Christ is caught up in to many things of this world. And this includes far too many preachers. Men we are called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be a witness of Him and lead our people to do the same. Satan works to distract and redirect by muddying up the waters of life and bog us down with the details of this world which serve no other purpose than to draw us away from our purpose and calling. This world wants grey areas and excuses but what this world needs is Jesus. This world wants social programs to fix all the ills of the world but what it needs is the Savior. This world wants teaching and more and more learning but what it needs is the Man who hung on that Cross! The world wants your money to give to others but what others need is the great healer and provider.

    Jesus came and owned no fisheries, no wheat fields, no flour mill, no processing plant and no factory full of ovens. But he still fed 5000 hungry souls. Jesus came and was born in a livestock feeding stall, He had no bed in which to lay His head, He had no handsome features, He had no wealth, He was not a great warrior and still He influenced the world more in three years of ministry than Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle’s combined one hundred and thirty years of teaching. Jesus painted not one single picture and yet the world’s greatest painters like Raphael, Michael Angelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, all received their inspiration from Him.

    Jesus did not write one piece of music and we find in history that men like Handel, Beethoven, and Bach have written much of their music in praise of Him. Jesus birth was contrary to the laws of life for He was born of a Virgin and conceived by God. Jesus death was contrary to the laws of death for He died on His own by giving up His own Spirit. Jesus lived for 33 years and of that He taught the known world for three meager years and yet He is the demarcation of all time. We are told in scripture that life is in the blood and when we lack it we must get it to live, and yet Jesus is the only one who gave His blood that we may live. His teachings are contrary to the common sense of this world. In this world we must gain our lives through our own work but Jesus said in order to gain life we must give our lives up just as He did. In this world we are taught that in order to be great we must stand out in the crowd and elevate ourselves above everyone else. But Jesus taught that the greatest are those who humble themselves and points to someone else. So we must ask ourselves what kind of blood was spilled on Calvary’s Hill for the redemption of man? And what is it that caused the need for the spilling of this blood whatever the nature of it is? The answer is that it was Holy blood that was spilled on Calvary, it was sinless blood that was spilled on Calvary, it was innocent blood that was spilled on Calvary! And the reason that this Holy, sinless and innocent blood was spilled is because man has none of those things. Man is full of sin and will stand guilty before an all powerful and righteous God without Jesus.

    Preachers this is what the focus of what our ministries is to be. Paul wrote to Timothy to preach the Word. And do it when it is convenient and when it is not. Stand against that which stands against the gospel of Jesus Christ. We can plant churches but what are we doing that for? Is it to plant churches or is it to see that the gospel is spread and that the world may know that Jesus our Savior came, bled, died and was resurrected! Without the Gospel a church plant means nothing. Let’s focus on first things first and let everything else spring out of that. The gospel must always come first. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Ghost came and filled the souls of men to empower them to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that he came knowing nothing but Christ and Him crucified.

    Today there are far too many preachers that are far too worried about far too many other things. We want to argue over who opens up the hearts of men to believe the gospel rather than just be joyful that men are being saved. We get distracted and bogged down over the mechanics of salvation and just how it works to its minutia rather than just be like the angels of heaven who rejoice over the one single lost sheep. Our churches are suffering from Jesus anemia and are not being fed the glories of God but instead are being fed the distractions of this world.

    If we in the Southern Baptist Convention want to be more effective with the gospel then our people need to first be as in love with the Savior as the disciples were in walking with Him for three years and beyond. They ate a steady diet of Jesus every day. They come to know a Savior and His resurrection so much so that they were willing to go out sacrificially, in the Power of the Holy Ghost, and preach the word in season and out of season to the point of beatings, imprisonment, and death.

    Today our church members will not risk their energy or their dignity much less their health or their lives. The church has lost its first love and no longer is willing to consider the sufferings of Christ as necessary or relevant for our lives and we live as if that is all behind us. The church today is in a sad state of affairs in which we do not belong. And preachers it is our fault! I am reminded of what Bailey Smith once said “What the world needs in the pulpits today is men of God who are filled with the Holy Ghost and who have been to the cross of Christ and have never gotten over it.”

    May all the God called preachers of this world take up this clarion call of Bailey Smith and live out the Gospel of our glorious Savior in a way that actually honors Him and his sacrifice on the cross. And as Ian paisley once said “Does not our Savior deserve the reward of His labor?”
     
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  2. HAMel

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    I make visitor number 85 to your thread/comments brother..., and no one has commented..., either way?

    Obviously, you're right on target and to the critics, there appears to be nothing available to criticize you for. Good for you! Great analysis of our current situation as Christians!

    Quite frequently we're asked during a service if one would like to share a word of testimony about how good our Lord has been to us. Many of us provide watered down testimonies such as, "I check my blood pressure yesterday and it's come down some..., Praise God!!!"

    I've spent some time thinking about all this and have come to the conclusion that I've so much to Praise God for that it would take hours to tell others about it all.

    A while back and on another forum board, a heckler took exception to my comments about our Lord and mockingly suggested that I get up every morning and praise God that my toaster still works. I thought about that for a bit and realized that yes, our toaster has worked for us for about 10 years. That's amazing considering most products today are designed to last mere months and here our bargain store toaster has worked for us for 10 years. So, my response to the heckler was yes, I do thank the Lord that my toaster works. Better yet, I thank my Lord that I still wake up every morning so as to use that toaster.

    My wife and I have gone through quite a hardship the past couple three years but you know what..., we haven't wanted for anything! Everything..., and I mean everything, has been provided for us! Everything! Often however we really don't realize His Blessings but through hind-sight and only then we can see clearly.

    As you stated brother, We live in a world today where the body of Christ is caught up in to many things of this world. How true this is.

    You all want a good test of your faith? Run out of money! Not for just a week or two but for a few years. You'll catch on real quick! As for us, we are now seeing light in the near future, Praise God! The Lord has Blessed in a thousand different ways over the past several months.

    Put the world aside and focus on the Lord before He gets your attention. Praise God! He wants to be good to us and has more to offer than any thing the world has to offer.
     
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  3. Earth Wind and Fire

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    Good comments but you appear to limit it to SBC...
    Why is that?
     
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    @Earth, Wind & Fire, see the title.

    To All Preachers!
     
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    Probably because he is a member of that group, as many of us on here are.
     
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    It is originally my blog post. In the SBC there is certainly a big push for planting churches. In fact my church is targeting two areas to begin home Bible studies in on the reservation to reach unchurched traditional Navajo's. The goal is to eventually build Navajo churches out of those home Bible studies.

    That is where that focus comes from. After I went back and read it over it looked like something that might be an encouragement to more than just SBC preachers who might stumble across my blog, so I posted it here as well.
     
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    Great post! Thanks :thumbs:
     
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    Ahh...right you are my friend! :thumbs:
     
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    But you say there will no religious consequences to a Romney Presidency.

    Stand against that which stands against Jesus Christ?The Gospel must always come first?

    If we in the Southern Baptist Convention want to be more effective with the gospel then our people need to first be as in love with the Savior as the disciples were in walking with Him for three years and beyond?

    May all the God called preachers of this world take up this clarion call of Bailey Smith and live out the Gospel of our glorious Savior in a way that actually honors Him and his sacrifice on the cross. And as Ian paisley once said “Does not our Savior deserve the reward of His labor?”

    You're supporting a man who worships a false god but dare to counsel folks that we are called to preach the Gospel and witness for Jesus Christ? [​IMG]

    This is why I keep saying that the lot of you don't realize what hypocrites we as Christians look like.

    I guess supporting that which is against Christ in lieu of political expediency is what passes for living out the Gospel now.
     
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    I would ask that the above poster be ignored in this thread. This thread is not about arguing politics.
     
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    Sure isn't. It's about the blatant hypocrisy that I told y'all you're not gonna be able to escape once you set on this course of winning an election over what you are trying to say in this post should be the priority.

    You can't have it both ways. So ignore all you want.
     
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    This quote from my FB page seems to fit well here:

    'The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity' -- Leonard Ravenhill
     
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    As an Old Baptist deacon once told me, "The Church languishes under prosperity, but flourishes under adversity".
     
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  14. Revmitchell

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    One of my favorite preachers.:thumbs:
     
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    So true, my friend. I've seen it time and time again.
    Ravenhill has it correct. What a preacher!
     
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    I heard a preacher named Charles Roesel say once, "We do so many good things that we never get around to the best things, giving our first rate attention to second rate concerns."
     

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