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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 | Author:

This topic is one that will catch flack but I must deal with it honestly.

I was just checking the credentials of a famous TV prophesy teacher and his wife to see why they refers to themselves as Doctor. I found, as I regularly do, that most TV preachers do not even have an earned college degree, a master’s degree and certainly not an earned doctorate. Why do so many, then, call themselves doctor so and so? Do you know where they usually get the justification for doing so? Check out the following passage from the King James Version.

1 Timothy 3:13 “For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus”

Right away we run into a problem, the verse clearly deals with deacons or servants of the practical ministry of the church, not the pastoral or Bible teaching positions. Next, this translation is a very poor one according to the Greek text.

The NASB translations says: “For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”

Same verse, yet note the clear difference of intention.

One has to literally stretch the meaning of this verse to justify BUYING a doctorate from a degree mill. This is exactly what they do. One such doctorate was given to me once by wonderful people with honest hearts as a way to honor me as their pastor. I was not aware of the source at the time it was given but later found this out. It sits in my file drawer as a reminder of those wonderful folks. Some, even knowing this, continue to call themselves Doctor. To me this is the ultimate ego trip. Be who you are without wanting regard for something that you DID NOT EARN. The prices for doctor degrees run from as low as $40 to a few thousand. These institutions that call themselves seminaries etc. do not even have buildings but operate on line. Some accredited colleges and universities give away a doctorate to the person who speaks at the graduation ceremony. This, again, is a mark of honor and should be filed, as a friend of mine did, and then went on to earn his doctorate. Would you want a doctor to do surgery on you with a give away or bought doctorate? There is a huge amount of blood, sweat and tears shed to become a real doctor. So must those who claim great knowledge of the Bible do the hard work to deserve being called DOCTOR.

Why am I making a big deal about this? I am greatly bothered to see this happen. If you want a legitimate doctorate EARN IT! Then you will have the genuine respect of those around you. Ego/pride is condemned in Scripture and we must avoid all appearances of evil, especially in ministry.

A final note, when one does use this title associated with a purchased degree, his or her title is to be Revered Doctor, not Doctor in front of the name.

If this little note gets around, I am sure that I will take some strong criticism for it, BUT I must write and speak the truth in love. LOVE YOU!!!

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Saturday, April 21st, 2012 | Author:

“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2 NASB

Far too many assume to be God’s editor today, by changing what God originally said to His people and those who are not His people. One of my college professors, now with the LORD, once said: “I have no patience with those who would take a scalpel to God’s Word.” How right he was. We too must have no patience with those who try to make God say something they want it to say. A famous and current pastor today simply takes multiple translations of the Bible and searches them till he finds the one that says WHAT HE WANTS IT TO SAY and then publishes it on his handouts, rather than to have people look it up in their own Bibles.

My professor would have NO patience with this pastor, and he was one of his students at one time.

Folks, we desperately need a revival in God’s church today. A revival is when God brings great conviction on His own people and brings them to repentance and a restored trust in Him which leads to absolute obedience. It is time also for the Third Great Awakening in our land and the world. An awakening is when the Spirit of God is so powerful among mankind that He brings great conviction of sin and literally draws them to church, which is now revived, and to salvation, worship, training and ministry.

Oh how we need this today!

A final word from the Word. “Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would fear (reverence) Me and keep all My commandments always, that it may be well with them and with their sons forever.” Deuteronomy 5:29 NASB

“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to yor sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NASB

Can you imagine what would happen today if Christians and Christian parents would do what these verse COMMAND them (us) to do? Wow! Love you all.

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Thursday, April 05th, 2012 | Author:

RESPONSIBILITY: Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation. –Charles G. Finney, December 4, 1873

Charles Finney is one of my all time favorite preachers. He did not mince words when he preached or wrote. He was a brilliant mind and was used of God in the Second Great Awakening in the 1800’s.

He would be shocked if he were alive today. It shocks me to see daily a new compromise of the Bible and the apostasy that is no longer creeping in but is coming like a flood. It is undermining the very foundations of our nation and especially the Church of Jesus.

As we come to celebrate Passover and Firstfruits, the death of Y’shua or Jesus and His Resurrection this Sunday, the church needs desperately to experience a heaven sent revival which leads to a Third Great Awakening that multiplied millions might be saved. Far too many preachers today have lost the central core of what the church is built on. I just read an article today where a Baptist group is considering hiring homosexuals in its organization. How does this line up with God’s pronouncement that homosexuality is an abomination?

Just one reference to how GOD feels about this sin.

“If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them.” Leviticus 20:13

It amazes me to hear professing Christians say that God could never condemn homosexuals like this, yet you have to ignore the Word of God to say this. Romans 1:18-32 is a NEW Testament passage. We forget that the tribe of Benjamin was almost destroyed because they refused to abandon homosexuality.

So now, famous pastors say that they have Gay friends and refuse to support an initiative for marriage by the Scriptures! Now they want to hire homosexuals to work in their organization. Where are the prophets and pastors today who cry out “FOUL” when this kind of thing happens? There are some, but tragically far too many. If the church fails to restore morality to our nation then that will spell the destruction of our nation as we have known it.

“LORD rend the heavens and come down.” In Jesus/Y’shua’s name, AMEN!

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