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BAPTIST CULTISM
Jeremiah 10:21


Websters dictionary defines a Cult as: "A particular system  of religious worship, especially with reference to it's rites and ceremonies". Baptist cultism is following the teachings of a man without reference to Divine principals. I hate to have to be the one who has to preach this message but no one else has shown themselves willing- therefore I am elected to be the spokesman concerning deviation from the Word of God in modern day church leadership.
  

Jeremiah 10:21- "For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered".

There seems to be misconceptions among some pastors as to their roll in the body of Christ.

1- The pulpit is not a throne.

1 Peter 3:9- "Neither as being Lord's over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock".
The pastor of a Baptist church my family and I were once members of made a statement from the pulpit,
"This is my throne and I will lay an egg here if I want to". I beg your pardon but this is not a directive from the Lord! At this time in my spiritual life after being a missionary for many years in Alaska and pastoring a mission church; I know from sermon preparation and considerable study, more about what the Lord expects from pastors and preachers. I don't mean to be ugly to the brethren that serve the Lord but it has gotten out of hand! If someone doesn't speak up about it; the rocks might very well cry out as Jesus told that group of pharisees who ask him to stop his disciples from preaching things that hurt their feelings. The pastor is instructed from God's word to be a leader within biblical principals.                                                                                                                               
 

2-The congregation are not pastoral subjects.

(1)- The priesthood was changed at Calvary.
It is no longer Man over mankind but the Holy Spirit
indwelling believers for
directions and instructions.

 
(2)- Believers now have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1:27- "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory".
I was told by a pastor not to do as he did but to do as he said. That is not what God's word teaches!

The role of a pastor should include these 3 categories.
(a)- Wisdom.
(b)- Humility.
(c)- Blessing.
1-Peter 1:9-
"Not rendering evil fo evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing".


3- Popery is not a Divine principal.

God has not set up any man to rule the body of Christ as the Catholic Church has it and from which many Baptist pastors seem to think is proper for themselves. The pastor of a Baptist church we were once members of, refused to elect deacons because he didn't want any opposition to what he proposed. That is Popery and a direct insult to instructions from God's word for the setting up of the New Testament Church. This same pastor doesn't think it is necessary to support missionaries when God's word specifically instructs believers to "Go into all the world with the gospel"! In Philippians 1:1 The Apostle Paul saluted three categories of people as he addressed the church at Philippi:

(1)- The Saints (Church members).
(2)- The Bishops (Pastors).
(3)- The Deacons (Servants).
This is how the new testament body of believers should be properly organized.

4- The local church is not a tithing, "Store House".

(1)- The Old Testament book of Malachi is not where the New Testament Church gets it's instruction for financial support for the ministry and for the propagation of the gospel around the world.

(2)- The old testament handwriting of ordinances was nailed to the Cross. Colossians 2:14- "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross";

(3)- New directives were put in place for new testament believers.
2 Corinthians 9:7-
"As a man purposeth in his heart, so let him give". not a set of rules for a spiritless group of people as it was in the Old Testament. God can now deal directly with each believer through his Spirit that lives within us who are born again. I think many pastors are afraid that if they preach the truth about giving; people would not willingly support the Church but that is foolish. If God saved them and God is indwelling them and they are being blessed by the sermons the pastor preaches; they will support the church over and beyond any 10% tax the pastor demands while calling it a tithe. The best role model I know was Tabernacle Baptist Church where my family and I were members during bible college days in South Carolina. The pastor rarely ever mentioned money except to remind the congregation that the wednesday night offering went entirely to the mission outreach and that the church bankrupts itself every month because every time a few dollars were left over, they would take on another missionary. They were supporting over 300 missionaries from a congregation that gave because they loved God and honored him for the purpose Christ left the church here for and that was Mark 16:15- "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature".

5- Soul winning is not for church members only.

One pastor used to preach that Sheep bear sheep and not the shepherd. That is  partly true but it is his responsibility to be an example to the congregation. If he can't fill the roll as a soul winner; why would he think that the congregation would do any better? If your church is stagnant; you need to get a little fire in your soul and get some people saved and it will catch on with the rest of the congregation until you will have a spiritual awakening in your midst!
 
Jeremiah 23:1-
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord". The new testament pastor as described in the  book of Ephesians has the exact same meaning as pastor in Jeremiah. Literally, "a shepherd".

The task of a near eastern shepherd were:


1- To watch for enemies trying to attack the sheep.

2- To defend the sheep from attackers.

3- To heal the wounded and minister to the sick.

4- To find and save lost or trapped sheep.

5- To love them, sharing their lives with them and earning their trust.

During world war two a shepherd in the military was a pilot who guided another pilot whose plane was partially disabled in combat, back to home base or to the deck of the carrier at sea by flying alongside the misfortunate plane until it reached it's destination. How much like a God called shepherd who keeps his eye on the wounded, on the desolate, on the spiritually crippled and visually seeks their safe return and deliverance from harm!


 CONCLUSION:

Many of our once on fire for the Lord; Baptist churches have become nothing more than a social club where you once were Loved- Led and Longed for. You now will get Fed- Fooled- and Fried! If we don't have a turning back to the gospel once delivered unto the saints, we have had it as a movement that has the Lord's blessings on it. My prayer is that this message will find those who need to take thought as to how God intends a pastor to conduct their ministry and to bring themselves into alignment with the truth from God's word in order that a Crown might be awaiting them at the Judgment seat of Christ.

By James T. Tyson Sr.