It has been said of the Apostle Paul that when he entered into a new city he checked out the prison facilities for he knew that he would more than likely be residing there for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This civil incarceration was intended for his punishment, however, it was a testimony of blessing and spiritual growth. Paul knew that the Lord had allowed his imprisonment for a reason and that his Savior would never leave him or forsake him. His faith in his Heavenly Father drove away all fear. He was so secure in the Lord that he was able to sing praises to the God of the Universe. Sadly, we have in many of the pulpits today, men who would not be a threat to evil and definitely would not be arrested for preaching Christ. These are the wolves in sheep’s clothing, the anti-Christs of today.
Many Bible Believing churches today have on their Pastoral staff men (and some women; UGH!) who do preach the message of salvation. These pulpit messages do provide a type of “Fire” escape insurance , but neglect the whole counsel of God. Carnality runs rampant within the flock and most converts remain as babes- in- Christ. The tendency to dance with the world in order to bring folk into the services causes dissention and strife. These preachers would be on the bottom of the list to be arrested for their belief.
The better choice is to find a church that has ‘come out from among them’ and separated themselves from the influence of the world. The whole council of God is preached, saints are discipled, and the flock is admonished about sinful practices in the lives of believers. Only Christ-honoring music is used and the men dress like men and the women wear modest attire.
Unfortunately some of these fellowships are so separated that they are ‘starchy’, absolutely no flexibility; compassion is muted and sects or ‘Spiritual clicks’ are prevalent. Believers are not encouraged to be informed in the current events let alone involved in stemming the tide of wickedness in government. These people know the Scriptures as they are good students of the Bible. In fact, I know of one church where the preacher’s goal is to teach through the Bible in 10 years. It is more of a Bible Institute rather than a church. An invitation to get saved is rarely given from the pulpit because the preacher assumes that everyone is saved. One never hears an “Amen”, for fear of acting like an emotional-based religion. But yet. they really are knowledgable in the Scriptures. The men who fill the pulpits of these churches will probably find themselves in the middle of the list of Christian rabble-rousers.
There will never be a perfect church until the Lord Jesus Christ returns. Each of us will readily agree that even our own individual churches have faults. Perhaps your church, like mine has the proverbial pew-duster, who will not budge out of their comfort zone and use their God-given talents for the Lord’s service. Or maybe there are the SMO’s – Sunday morning only crowd. Perhaps your Pastor like mine will firmly address these issues from the pulpit, without apology. Recently my Pastor rebuked the ladies in the congregation for not volunteering for nursery duty; sound familiar to you? In addition not only do our Pastors preach against the sins of the congregation but also against the abominable sins of the world and wickedness in high places of government.
Our Nations pulpits should be hot against the abominable sins of abortion, immorality and sodomy! Pastors need to keep their flock informed about the events taking place in their local and state governments as well as at the National level. Fellowships of believers need to be admonished to contact their elected officials regarding suggested legislation which is contrary to Scripture. It is absolutely inexcusable for a Believer in Christ not to exercise their right to vote in any election. In the 2012 election in the United States, it is estimated that there was such a significant amount of Christians who did not vote, that had they voted, we would not have the President that we now have! We have no one to blame but our own complacent selves.
We are now faced with tremendous civil unrest in the United States. Citizen militias are forming all around the Nation. Concealed carry permits are being issued as never before. The majority of the ladies in my church own and carry. It is promoted from our pulpit by our Pastor. Think that is going to far? Check into the Black Robe Regiment! These Pastors wore their military uniform underneath their Pastoral cloak. In fact, there is a statue of one of these Political-preaching Pastors in the United States Capitol!
With the advent of government deemed ‘hate’ preaching, it is now becoming a crime to preach against sodomy, abortion, and even tyranny of the nations leadership. One Pastor was arrested for teaching the spanking of children. Yet the Lord commands the Man of God to do just that! It comes down to whether a Pastor will obey God or man. If he obeys man, he is not a Pastor, but a preacher, or maybe a religious leader. For sure, one who obeys man will not need to worry about being imprisoned.
Perhaps like mine, your Pastor knows that he is at the top of the list of those marked by the unfruitful works of darkness, to be arrested for obeying the Word of the Lord, perhaps even martyred. Laymen are already designated to assume the pulpit ministry. It you are not blessed with such a man of God, may I lovingly recommend that you find a Church that does have such a man at the helm.
It was pointed out to me, and I concur: the problem is equally that of the pew as it is the pulpit. Christians have the kind of pastors they want. Look around you. There are many terrific patriot pastors across America. Granted, they are not a majority, but there are many. But do the vast majority of Christians attend their churches? NO! They go to the big-steeple churches, most of which are led by politically correct, sheepish pastors. Why? Because that’s the kind of pastor and church they want. The vast majority of these wonderfully courageous patriot-pastors are left to pastor relatively small churches. When there is an issue that concerned Christians want a minister to lead a charge for or against, they will contact the patriot pastor, of course. But where do they attend? Where do the tithe? – the uninvolved, say-nothing, stand-for-nothing church. Christians have the kind of pastor they want. If you want a pastor that will take a stand, then, bless God, SUPPORT a pastor that will take a stand!
May the Lord give you the wisdom to discern where he wants you to worship and serve Him.