To The Critic
we receive letters from critics which we usually just pass off as
insincere, bitter people, with an axe to grind.
They, like Satan, are accusers of the brethren (Rev 12:10). They
say they don’t have a bad spirit about them but God’s Word is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Heb 4:12).
The light of God’s infallible Word reveals motives and intents
so that what is really in a person’s heart is laid bare for those who
believe and know His Word to see. The scorners write accusations and
diatribes in public forums for all to see. However, they never sign
their names or give the accused the privilege of answering the
accusations. They light the
fire and run. That is not
having a good spirit or attitude, it is evil.
They, being evil (motivated to hurt instead of restore), are
trying to wreak havoc in the churches and damage the character and
integrity of God’s men. Sometimes,
we can figure out who these people are.
Sometimes we can’t. But
as the late R.G. Lee once preached, “There is coming a payday
someday.” The Lord knows
who they are. They can hide
their identity from man, but not from the all seeing eyes of the Lord.
Based on a Biblical
principle and for Biblical reasons, I am going to answer a critic, who
placed an unsigned and hate-filled diatribe on our website.
This person meant it to hurt, but the Lord means it for good as
it is another opportunity to share a better understanding of God’s
Word to those who want to know the truth.
Do I have a corner on that truth that no one else has?
Absolutely not! I do,
however, have the understanding that the Bible I hold in my hand IS the
perfect and eternal Word of God. It
is the authority and I esteem all thy precepts concerning
all things to be right; and I hate every false way. (Psalm
119:128). I also know that
if you approach the Word of God with preconceived ideas, He will not
reveal His truth to you. He
will guide anyone to the truth that will put aside his preconceived
ideas and the traditions of men, and seek His guidance to the truth.
The main reason students of God’s Word, preachers and their
wives etc, do not know what God teaches on any given issue, is because
they have blinded themselves to the truth through their tradition and
preconceived ideas. I know.
I have been there.
Therefore, I will
proceed to answer my anonymous critic based on God’s Word and with the
light thereof, and, in so doing, “Answer
a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”
(Proverbs 26:5) Also,
Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that
hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge. (Proverbs
I can’t call this
individual by name, or go to him privately because, like a coward,
he/she wouldn’t come and talk to me face to face like the Lord Jesus
to you, cowardly person, who not only is ignorant of, and disobeys
God’ precepts, when you read this, I trust the Lord will grant you
repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.
(2 Timothy 2:25).
answer your question, I am not the best pastor in the world and am
certainly fall short of what I ought to be.
However, by His grace, I am not what I’m going to be because He
isn’t finished with me quite yet.
I have told the congregation quite sincerely, if they find a
better church or pastor that loves the Bible more than I, one that has a
keener insight, or is better led by the Holy Spirit, I will step aside.
I argued with the Lord about starting this church.
I didn’t want to do it, but I did want to do what He wanted.
Yes, I know there were some who doubted my motives.
But, before God, I only did what He wanted me to do, and this is
His church. I am only His
messenger. Because of people
like you, however, the ministry is a little less pleasant. During
most of my ministry I have moved against the flow and status quo of
denominations and traditions of men. Your attack is not new to me, and
is little more than a very minor annoyance.
I can tell you beloved and anonymous critic, the ministry and the
disciplined Christian life is not for sissies, which is probably why you
skirt around the fringes trying to make trouble for those trying to do
right instead of doing right yourself.
You are no different than those who scorned the Lord.
You ought to be ashamed, but you’re not.
May I suggest you prepare to weep and gnash your teeth!
I am sorry I have offended your ignorance so.
Please file a complaint with my boss and maybe He’ll take me
home so that some other unfortunate preacher can put up with the likes
of you. Or, you could read
Matthew 18, in a King James Bible, and get right.
am not concerned about people like you. If
you are too afraid of me to sign your despicable name, you certainly
won’t face me. However, as
I have said and will say again, it may help someone else.
Am I Biblically qualified to pastor a New Testament Church?
Absolutely – instruction to follow.
I hope you will honestly consider it.
In the first place, who do you think you are? Who are you that judges
another man’s servant? To
his own master he standeth or falleth. (Romans 14:4 and following).
Since you did not call me into the ministry, I do not serve you,
I do not answer to you, and I do not work for you.
As Satan was in
An Independent Baptist Church is autonomous and indigenous.
That is, we are self governing and self supporting.
We have members; all 18 and over get one vote.
You get NONE. We
do not answer to an association, an associational missionary, a board, a
college, an accrediting association, or a fellowship.
We do not answer to you either.
WE mind God’s business and our own and none of it is yours!
If you do not like me
(wonder where that idea came from), or some Christian that is a member
here, or the stand we take, may I inform you that
the door swings both ways! There
are plenty of non-denominational gatherings you can slither into and
even some with the name “Baptist” on them where you can find people
who follow afar off like you do. There,
you will be comfortable. Gilbert
Independent is a real fundamental Baptist church and is not for
everybody, and it is NOT FOR YOU! Those
who remain members here are those who are serious about their
Christianity. They want to
learn. They want to grow.
They want to change and conform to His image.
We DO NOT seek members from like minded churches.
However, they are few and far between.
If your sheep (or in your case, a goat) jumps the fence and comes
into our pasture because there is none, or little of, God’s green
pasture where they presently are, as long as they are sincerely seeking
the truth, and an opportunity to grow, (growth meaning to change) they
are welcome here. We do not
welcome critics – they will not last long under Biblical preaching and
teaching. So, our business
is our business and not yours.
I learn who you are, like a good shepherd I will see to it you don’t
stay in our midst. … brethren,
mark them which cause
divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned;
and avoid them. (Romans
16:17) I will expose you. So stay
If I have offended you in some way, you should have followed Biblical
instructions and come to me privately (Matthew 18:15-20).
I know what it says and would have sat down and discussed it.
If I had done something to offend you, I would/will get it right
with you. However, your goal
was not to restore fellowship. (Galations 6:1 and following)
You did not follow even the simplest of the Lord’s
prescriptions. I do not
condemn you, God’s Word does:
of doing things Biblically, you sought to hurt me by taking your
anonymous accusations to a public forum.
You say you are not “mean spirited,” but God’s Word says
you are a liar.
Not only have I read Titus, but have taught it, and its like
passage in I Timothy 3:1-13. There
is no question in my mind that you haven’t spent any time in these
because you do not understand them at all.
If you will listen, (Acts 18:26), I will teach you more
perfectly, else be quiet. It
is better to let people think you are a fool, than for you to do what
you did and remove all doubt. Typically,
fools want to babble, not learn. But,
so others may learn, I will continue to answer your folly and I will put
my name on it! Now, allow me
to instruct you. Take the
traditions of men off of your blinded eyes, give heed and you will see
the simplicity of the truth where the issue of “divorce” is
concerned, as well as understand the Biblical requirements for the
office of pastor and deacon.
In neither of the aforementioned passages is “divorce” mentioned. It isn’t there, and has nothing to do with the requirements for the office of a bishop. If you will read the requirements for a “widow indeed” in I Timothy 5:9, God’s Word will make the interpretation known to you by teaching you the difference between past tense requirements (“having been”), and present tense requirements (“be”) I Timothy 5:9 – “… having been the wife of one man.” That is, if she is over sixty, having been the wife of one man, etc. she can be among the widows the church supports. If she has been married more than once, has an extended family that can help to take care of her, she isn’t supposed to be among the number of widows the church supports. Vs 16 - If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
“having been” is past
tense. This qualification
has everything to do with her past,
whether or not the church will support her.
I know there is tradition among Baptist that differ on this, but
I could care less about the tradition.
I am not looking to kiss the posterior of a denominational boss
to get another church. I am
ONLY interested in what God says; you ought to be likewise!
YOU accused me of not being doctrinally sound. I’ll tell you what the Lord said about people like you who don’t STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD: Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? (Matt 15:2-3 and following).
my eyes deceiving me? What
do I see in
who is it that is not sound in doctrine?
Who is it that is teaching for doctrine the commandments of men?
I submit to you, oh contrary one, deceived by man’s traditions,
that you do err not knowing the Scriptures.
spoke of my children. Again,
you do err not knowing the Scriptures.
The requirement requiring faithful “children” in both texts
are not only PRESENT TENSE, but are those children of the age
where they are living under dad’s roof.
may ask any of my kids who ruled the home when they lived under my roof,
not that they would associate with the likes of you.
If Greek impresses you, (it is a pretty fair commentary on the
Bible, but that’s all it is), “children” is the Greek word
“teknon” and those are not
the ones that have grown up and left home.
“Teknons” are those children still living under their
parent’s authority. These
are the children of
not take the time to expound upon the whole context of
more points on this matter of divorce and the requirements for pastors
and deacons, and then I’ll finish with you!
I am not pro divorce. I
hate it and have NEVER advised anyone to seek it.
But God, in eternity past, made provision for it in His righteous
and perfect law. He knew
before man ever was, that he would choose to be a sinful creature and
foolishly choose and marry the wrong one, or that one party in that
covenant relationship marriage, would decide they didn’t like the
marriage any more. Just like
God gave us directives on cleanliness, he gave us His directives on how
and when to use Hise law concerning divorce.
It was never intended to be abused as it was by the Pharisees in
it or not, it is there, in His
law. The LORD God Almighty
put it there in preparation for man, not as an afterthought or an
“oops!” God made
provision within His perfect law for imperfect man.
You can argue that God did not intend for man and his wife to
break up. You won’t get
any argument from me on that. However,
He didn’t intend for man to sin against Him either, but He made a
remedy for it because He wanted us back.
That remedy for sin was in the form of the spotless, sinless Lamb
some foolish preachers have made the foolish blanket
statement that “divorce is a sin.”
That is foolish, it is the false doctrine of
in God’s law, there are circumstances where He allows divorce; and in
the New Testament, adultery is NOT that cause!
That’s why the disciples said in
unmarried was not for all, but only for a certain group of men,
eunuchs, and those, for whatever reason, had no natural drive.
God said that marriage is honorable in ALL. (Heb 13:4)
But the heretics that substitute their philosophy and their
tradition for God’s Word, forbid certain people, like those divorced,
from participating in the divine institution of marriage, which was
designed to prevent promiscuity and avoid fornication and instead,
impose sanctions against them. “You
can’t come to our school”, “you can’t be in our ministerial
association or program” – you have committed the scarlet sin
(not found in the Bible- but propagated by a man who should have known
better, but didn’t, and further spread by sottish ( means
“stupid”) men and women who do not study God’s Word. – Marriage
is honorable in ALL (Heb 13:4)let them have their own spouse (I Cor
7:2), But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned (I Cor 7:28) and if
the unbelieving (didn’t say “unbeliever”) depart, a brother or
sister IS NOT bound by the law (I Cor 7:15).
The reason preachers do not understand this and do not preach it
is, as I said before, that their eyes are blinded to the simple and
easily explained, Biblical truth by their preconceived ideas and the
traditions of men.
divorce is sin, huh? Well,
again, there is no verse like that in the Bible. That
verse is in your own deceived mind, and in some of the books written by
men who wanted their own private interpretations spread abroad because
they thought they were smarter than God. Now,
abuse of the law of divorce could be sinful (Matthew 19 is a prime
example) just like eating is not sin unless you take it to the extremes
of gluttony. Then, in that
case, eating is sinful. However,
like eating, divorce, in and of itself, used according to God’s
guidelines, is NOT SIN and there is no disqualifications listed or
associated with divorce anywhere in the 66 books that is God’s
would know that if your preacher hadn’t gone to a cemetery (you think
of it as a seminary) or a dead Bible college for his training, where
dry, dusty, traditional professors, who toed the denominational line to
gain their position and tenure (otherwise known as compromising the
truth for filthy lucre). They
fed him their denominational line of private interpretations, so he
could not and cannot teach you the truth. He
went to the cemetery where they blinded him with the traditions of
men (i.e. - you won’t get one of our churches if you preach like
that, they threatened him. They
taught him that the only kind of preaching was topical, so he didn’t
have to study the Bible – just write down and preach John Rice’s
sermons (word for word) on the scarlet sin preached in 1946). Do
the same with others as well, so his people won’t grow because he
knows as little Bible as they do. You
think that stick and carrot routine doesn’t work on a young preacher,
and that it won’t turn a young preacher’s head away from seeking the
truth? It will! – I’ve
been there. Blinded by the
traditions of men, they proceed to rob him of his zeal for the truth.
“If you don’t believe like us, we will just withhold your
degree,” said they. And
they left the poor young preacher half dead to God’s truth.
“Wait till the people hear about this,” says the young
preacher. “ OK, take the
degree (you earned) and go, be an independent,” they said.
“Don’t talk to the people, just leave.
You are not one of us.”
So this young, discouraged preacher rode out.
But many young preachers didn’t ride out, but died on the vine.
a sin?– Tradition of man, God says.
I’ll prove it yet again. Not
only is divorce part of God perfect and eternal law, But the Lord God
practiced it Himself (
you see, the ignorance caused by the blindness of the traditions of men
has caused you, Oh My Critic, to become a false witness and speak lies.
Your mentor, Satan himself, must be laughing his forked-tongue
silly at you. You, a
professing Christian, along with a host of others just like you, have
made the Lord of Heaven a sinner. You
have been pawned into the devils hands and you wonder why fundamentalism
is splintered. Now, if a divorced man
cannot be a pastor or a deacon, and since God is divorced, as He plainly
says He is, then God cannot be God in your confused and deceived mind.
You had better find a church and a preacher who studies God’s
Word instead of preaching other men’s sermons.
Perhaps, Oh My Critic, you might learn some Bible before it is
don’t read or understand the Bible, that is obvious. What you do is
what the “cemetarians” do: “God, here is what I believe, Dr.
Clanging pan and Sounding Brass told me that this is what I should
believe to have their blessings, Give
me some proof texts to support it” is the way you pray, if you pray.
God’s Holy Spirit will not lead anybody to the truth who has
gone about to establish his own truth.
You have accused me of sowing discord among the brethren.
Under the law, I have a right to face my accusers. You
won’t even sign your name to your accusations. Under
God’s law in
that put the fear of God in you, coward?.
You say you talked to the leaders of the last two churches about
me during your “investigation.”
That tells me you are a gossip, and IF they talked to you about
anything negative concerning me or mine, they are gossips, cowards, and
backbiters, just like you. But
you are lying again. You
didn’t talk to anybody but your father the devil.
You will only hurt me and mine a little.
But the ministerial death you hoped to bring on me, will be upon
you instead, and by your own hands. Death is in the power of your tongue
and it will witness against you or the King James Bible is not the Word
of God – lest ye repent!.
you owe me and mine a written apology which must predicate any
forgiveness God gives you concerning these matters, according to His
Word. If you need the
Biblical teaching on that, write and ask.
I know what God says as do the faithful members of the
congregation I pastor. By
the way, those in said congregation will read your Satanic script
because I will show it to them and you can visit our web site to see
what they have to say to you about what you wrote.
You bet your sweet bippy it’s my job shine the light of God’s
truth on heresy, heretics, and apostates like you.
Your only hope is to apologize ( we will forgive because we
believe what the Bible teaches) to us and then ask the Lord to forgive
the word “IF.” His
forgiveness is conditional on you getting right, by us first, then Him.
You have accused my children of being unfaithful.
Would it help you to know what your child said about you and the
kind of parent you have been. All
our children are saved. I
led them to the Lord myself. Have
you ever led anyone to Christ- including your own?
Do you believe in soul winning?
By the way, two (so far) of our children are heading to full time
Christian service and are enrolled in Christian Colleges.
One is in the ministry working with underprivileged kids in NY.
One attends our church and is a vital growing member while
studying to be a nurse. One
of our kids graduated suma cum laude and works for a news organization,
one is in the Navy, currently TDY, studying pediatrics, another lives in
Does my congregation know I believe in the “GAP THEORY?”
The GT says there were millions of years between
accusations, like you, are incorrect.
There is a period of time between
in your belief system, on what day does the Bible say the earth was
created? Don’t say day one
because the Earth was already here, with the water on it, in total
darkness and this is the way it “WAS” (Gen 1:2) when the Lord God
entered into the first of six literal, 24 hour days of re-creating the
face of the Earth. Now, what
day did you say the Earth was created, and the water that’s upon the
face of the earth in
closing, since you are so bound and determined to get me out of the
ministry, if I have done something to offend you.
You should at least try to reconcile this Biblically, between the
two of us. The public forum
was your evil idea that is backfiring on you.
My understanding of God’s Word is clear on these issues, my
understanding is correct, and my calling is sure.
You obviously know very little Bible and probably are using a New
Scofield or an NIV or some such perversion.
If I have offended you, I am not a proud man and will certainly
ask your forgiveness. However,
writing anonymous nasty grams is not the way a mature person would deal
with a situation. The Lord
knows who you are. May I
suggest you pull that pole out of your eye so you can see clearly to
|Still Pastor and God’s messenger – Saved by God’s grace, called by God’s Grace, to Preach God’s grace. Stay tuned for Replies from the Outraged of GIBC.|
|Return to Articles||Return to the Top||Return to Home|