Helping struggling churches in remote areas
Urging missionaries and churches to stand
fast in the Last Days
talked with a Pastor of a
previously good Missionary supporting church in North Carolina who
said, "Brother we are in a stringent building program and don't see any
hope of Missionary support in the foreseeable future". My question is:
what would Jesus have to say about this? Would He say something like; I
came into the world to seek and to save sinners the world over and my
people are sitting at ease in Zion, having their buildings and
fellowships while no one is caring for the dying one, no one is
rescuing the perishing until sin and the grave has consumed them.
I want to speak to you in this message
about 7 reasons to refuse to become a member of certain churches:
Members Welcome you with an alterior motive.
My Wife and I visited a rather large Baptist
Church on Sunday morning with an enthusiastic greeting at the door by
Church Members who were hoping to capture some new people for the
and that is wonderful if it is done out of love for your neighbor but
as soon as we told them we were Missionaries, their countenance was
altered and the smiles turned to frowns.
first thing you hear from the pulpit is, We need 12 more tithing families so we can pay the bills.
heard on that Sunday Morning. We were there to Worship The
and hear some uplifting thoughts from God's word with some
admonitions as the Lord
lead but our day was ruined by the opening remarks and we were ready to
go home at that point!. Pastors,
there is a place and a time to instruct your people about
business matters and that
should be done in specially called business meetings where
only members are present and
even then it isn't proper to brow beat the people over
finances! I shall never
forget the words of Dr. Harold Sightler at Tabernacle
Baptist Church; saying I don't
intend to brow beat my people. What a Man of God he was and
what a blessing it was to
sit under his ministry all those years and glean from such a
vast reservoir of wisdom.
He hardly ever mentioned money and yet people gave
abundantly and hundreds of
missionaries were supported at the same time.
pastor expects missionaries to
raise support for their ministry and bring his church 10% of it.
Please see my sermon: "Christian giving and The Truth
My question is: How can a
people to support the church they are building if the Missionary sends
support to a
distant, so called home church that his people know nothing about.
Pastors, please wake up! Get real! Give me a break! The judgment seat
of Christ is just around the next bend in the road!
God's word tell us that the man of God is
,"an example to the flock" where he ministers, so if missionaries are
to be an example to the flock that the Lord has given them; their
support belongs to that work!
I-Peter 5:3- "but being ensamples to the flock".
If the so called Home Church or as
some call it; The Sending Church plans to
govern the life and ministry of the Missionary.
see my sermon on: "Who Sends Missionaries".
If God didn't call the missionaries and the Holy Spirit didn't send
them; they had best stay home! The system in
place in most Baptist churches is unscriptual. God's word is specific
telling us, I Peter 5:3- "not to
God's heritage", which
a pastor has no right to exercise lordship over the Missionary who has
calling that he has. It seems that churches and some mission boards
has to get their permission to do about anything they feel like doing
for The Lord.
All this is wrong and we will meet those who do such things at the
Judgment seat of
Christ with it!
How many times have us
some pastor say, "Brother if
is in it; you will have the
support you need". My question to them
is; why are you in a
financial bind, if God is in your
ministry you will have the finances you need"? I am appalled at the
double standard most church pastors have: If they are in trouble, the
devil is fighting but if you are in trouble; The Lord is chastening.
Church is in a
I think it high time we all wake up and
pray for God's forgiveness and repent of those unscriptual polices and
place it under the Blood of Christ, so we can all move on with the only
important duty of the church at large and that is: to go into all the
world with the Gospel.
Commission is ignored and a building program is more important than
Matthew 28:19-20- "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
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen."
not being preached.
It is the responsibility of
every born again Church member to examine the Word being preached to
see if it measures up to God's word and if it doesn't, the Pastor needs
to be called in on the carpet and ask for an explanation and if it
doesn't change ask for a resignation!
Act 17:11- "These were
more noble than those
in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of
mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
I shall never forget
what Dr. Sightler told
the evangelist, Dr. B.R. Lakin when he was invited to preach at
Tabernacle Baptist Church where we were members during bible college
days. Dr. Lakin was
introduced to the congregation and he began speaking about how great
Falwell, his home church pastor was and Dr. Sightler who was seated on
the platform behind the speaker said, "Brother Lakin we didn't come
here to hear about Jerry, we came to hear about Jesus". The pulpit is
not a place to glorify man, it is a platform from which we are expected
to honor God.
summarize and bring this message to a
close, we have seen 7 reasons to refuse church membership. Gods word
teaches us not to forsake the assembly with other believers for the
purpose of worship, for the edifying of the body of believers, for the
propagation of the Gospel! To bring the lost to a saving knowledge of
Jesus Christ and for prayer that they might have their eyes opened in
order that they might believe and for the collecting of funds to send
Gospel to the ends of the earth. We however, have let the church at
into the same character as Judaism had become when Jesus went into the
temple and told them, It is written, my house shall be called a house
of prayer but you have made it a den of thieves. We in the dispensation
of Grace had better wake up before it is too late and return to the old
2-Chronicles 7:14- "If my people, which are called
by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will
forgive their sin, and will heal their land."