message is about being Spiritually offended.
18:6- "But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which
me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck,
and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Offend is the Greek
word, skan-dal-id'zo from which we get the word scandalize and
to put a stumbling block or an
impediment in the way, upon which another may trip or fall; to cause a
person to begin to distrust one whom he ought to trust and obey, to see
in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging
his authority. It is translated as a scandal and that is the effects of
overcome in a person's Christian walk is to encounter a Preacher or the
Pastor of a Church who shows disregard for personal dignity and ethical
obedience to God's Word in his relationship with others.
1- I AM SPIRITUALLY OFFENDED BY:
(A)- Preachers that pervert the true gospel.
(1)- Preaching a
works for salvation.
(2)- Preaching that you go
to heaven by being
a member of a
(3)- Preaching a gospel
by-passes the Blood of Christ.
(4)- Women preachers.
(5)- Homosexual ordination
into the ministry.
(6)- Preachers who have
more than one living wife.
(7)- Pastors who lie to
Missionaries about financial support for their ministry.
1:6- "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called
the grace of Christ unto another gospel:"
Galatians 1:7- "Which
is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would
pervert the gospel of Christ".
denominational preachers have
perverted the gospel. They will preach you directly into a devil's hell
you follow their teachings.
can not save offends me!
denomination claims that water
baptism is essential to salvation.
group preaches that the Pope is the final authority on spiritual
(3)-Another group preaches
speaking in tongues is the evidence of salvation.
(4)-And yet others preach
that you are saved by grace but you have to hold out to the end.
(5)-Those who ordain women
and homosexual preachers contrary to God's word.
religion makes God sick and quite frankly it makes me
They are going to hell and
are taking as many people as they can with them!
people offend me!
(a)- Warning about teaching a perverted
1:8- "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
(b)- Second warning
about preaching a perverted gospel.
1:9- "As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach
gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." Accursed is the Greek word Anathema
which means: "Let
him be damned to hell".
While pastoring a
church in Alaska; I preached
from the pulpit and on the
radio, informing people about
the deception of religious leaders who would cause them to end up in
without God or His Son. I did
everything possible to exposed
the false doctrine of Transubstantiation taught by the Catholic
church and from which that religion depends; "to supposedly go to
doctrine holds to
the belief that the Priest or Bishop has the only authority to forgive
sins based on his drinking the wine which by the way is an intoxicating
drink and his eating the wafer on behalf of the believer. This false
practice is telling his parishioners the wine is the blood of
Christ and the wafer the body of Christ. Many times the church "Father"
become drunken on the wine while making people think it was their
avenue into heaven.
was unleashed against what I was trying to do! I wanted people to see
the truth and to be set free from sin before it was
eternally too late but the Episcopalian woman preacher responded by
writing a rebuttal in the newspaper, saying "The Baptist never did
understand the eurochrise"! "How dare Reverend Tyson attack Father so
so", who resided over the Catholic Church.
I challenged the people at Wrangell to have separate times for opposite
sexes to use the new swimming pool they purposed, the
said; "don't pay any attention to what Rev. Tyson said; go ahead and
Yes, I AM SPIRITUALLY OFFENDED-
preachers who offer no hope of eternal life in their message and no
dignity as to how to live
separated from sinful practices?
2- I AM OFFENDED
THOSE WHO ABUSE GOD'S
HOUSE FOR FINANCIAL GAIN.
2:14-16: Jesus drove the merchandising money changers from the House of
God. That is the
only record we have of our Lord becoming so angry as to
literally overthrow the tables of those who sold from the house of God.
He also made a whip and and struck them with it while they went about
gathering up their wares. All of you who think Jesus was some wimp who
only talked about love, need to re-examine your position on the
scriptures! Likewise Selling wares from the pulpit angers God!
2:1- "And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and
the changers of money sitting:"
2:15- "And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove
them all out of
the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers'
money, and overthrew the tables;"
2:16- "And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things
hence; make not
my Father's house an house of merchandise."
am convinced that
angry with preachers who sell wares from the pulpit. If you want
sell sermon CD's and tapes or books; a bookstore would be proper but
using the pulpit is nothing short of a sinful practice! Some Pastors
even sell cruise ship
excursions from the pulpit and others sell real estate under the guise,
"It is a Christian retirement community". Give me a break! What can we
expect next? When did God give us permission to sell that which is
sacred and use the Pulpit as a stock exchange?
Financial matters should be
in special business meetings held separately from the time allocated
preaching God's Word. Many modern Preachers are so carnal that
you can't tell them from the
world. My family and I have visited
churches where they have a kitchen connected to the church. God said in
His Word not to
use the Church for food, fun or frolic and they who do so will be
accountable for it. I see no harm in having a fellowship building
separate from the Church but even that needs to be scrutinized
carefully to insure you are not drawing a crowd with food while God is
in the background!
AM SPIRITUALLY OFFENDED
FROM WOULD BE FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS WHO LIE TO
heed that ye despise one of these little one's; for I say unto you ,
That in heaven their angels do
always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven".
word Despise is the
Greek word- kat-af-ron-eh'o - it mean, "to think
this kind of treatment many
times in their travels- as we go from Church to Church seeking
the Ministry. My family and I were invited to present our work and
preach for a rather large Church in North Carolina and were received
well but at the close of the services, the Pastor stood before the
congregation and told the people- "We are about to pass the offering
plate and all that comes in will go to The Tysons". I was standing in
one of the hallways and overheard one of the Deacons say, "Surely we
not going to give Brother Tyson all this" and the Pastor came out later
and told me someone stole the offering while his back was turned. We
never go or preach for the money but God will not hold those kind of
people guiltless! If you remember the scripture in Acts 5:1-10 where
two people promised so much money for the ministry but held back part
of it and how God killed the man first because God holds the man
accountable for how he leads his wife and family and then God killed
his wife for
agreeing together to lie about the matter. I believe that principal
holds true today and we need to take heed not to make promises we don't
intend to keep! Pastors also need to stop calling missionaries, Beggars
when they are about the masters business!
MISSION SUPPORT IS HELD BACK.
MONEY FOR MISSION
WORK IS PROMISED; GOD WILL NOT LET YOU GET AWAY WITH NOT DOING WHAT YOU
PROMISED AS DESCRIBED IN ACTS CHAPTER FIVE.
5:1- "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife,
5:2- "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."
5:3- "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?"
5:4- " Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it
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."
Acts 5:5- "And Ananias hearing
these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on
all them that heard these things."
Acts 5:6- "And the young men arose, wound him
up, and carried him out, and buried him." Acts 5:7- "And it was about the
space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done,
peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much?
And she said, yea, for so much".
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."
Acts 5:10- "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."
(2)- MISSIONARIES ARE SOMETIME
CALLED BEGGARS WHEN THEY ARE ABOUT THEIR MASTERS BUSINESS!
often looked upon as mere beggars and this is not what God expects from
Christian congregations. We missionaries have no other means of
supporting our trip than free will love offerings. We at times,
many miles from home and traveled all day to get to a meeting at
night and would drive back the same night in order for the Children to
be in school the next morning, with the love offering being in the form
of a check, which we would then have to drive all over town trying to
to honor the check in order to buy gasoline for the return trip. Some
of these things are pure negligence but again we say, "these little
one's have been despised" (thought little or nothing of). Every
missionary has hundreds of these kinds of stories to tell and the
Church with it's Pastors need to recognize the situation these mission
personnel face as they travel thousands of miles to meetings.
(3)- THERE IS A WITNESS IN
GOD HOW HIS LITTLE ONE'S ARE BEING TREATED! Matthew 18:10- "Take heed that ye despise not one of
these little one's; for I
say unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of
my Father which is in heaven".
In Matthew 18:10- the
word for angels is- ang'el-os -and
it means an envoy, one who is sent,
messenger from God. This brings to light that those things which were
to missionaries which did not bring honor to God will be remembered in
heaven with an
angel to testify to the facts.
5- I AM SPIRITUALLY
WHO DON'T RECOGNIZE WHAT THE CHURCH IS HERE FOR.
(1)- To seek and to bring salvation to the lost on the home front.
Matthew 18:11- "For the Son of man is come to save that
which was lost".
(2)- To send missionaries to the ends of the earth
to witness to and
Mark 16:15- "And he said unto
them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
to every creature".
(3)- To teach converts to grow in grace and
knowledge of the Lord.
Matthew 28:20- "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you":
18:11- "For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost."
Matthew 18:14- "Even
so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of
these little ones should perish".
It is the will of God
that the gospel be preached in all the world and for every one to be
1Peter 3:9- " The Lord is not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance".
THESE FIVE THINGS OFFEND ME:
1- Preaching a
perverted gospel that
does not correspond with God's word.
Merchandise of God's
house for financial gain.
3- Lying to
Missionaries about financial support for their ministry.
4- I am offended by
those who failed to recognize what the mission of the Church is.
5- I am offended
by mission support being held back.
correct the problem.
1- Salvation for preachers who preach
a perverted gospel.
Then the Holy Spirit of God can reveal to them what to preach. Grace
through faith with nothing added or removed is the only hope of eternal
life for anyone.
2- Preaching the truth
God's word without compromise.
3- Telling missionaries the truth while doing
they don't have the means to do something; God expects them to be
honest and tell the truth. There is no obligation until the promise is
made but when it is made; God will not forget it.
4- Get a burden for the lost both at
home an on the mission
5- Quit holding back Missionary
Every one needs to get away
that cold dead
ritual you are bogged down in and get some zeal in your life for the
cause of Christ!