Be Careful Who You Choose As Mentors
By David J. Stewart | November 2014 | Updated March 2015
Jeremiah 5:31, The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”
Our churches are in trouble and Lord willing I plan to write a lot more articles about the issues plaguing today's churches. Churches are composed of individual people and everybody seems to be getting their doctrines from the internet these days. Attend the average church today and you will hear continual references to Pat Robertson, John Hagee, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Paul Washer, Kirk Cameron, John Calvin, Ray Comfort, Martin Luther, Joel Osteen, John MacArthur and other reprobates concerning the plan of salvation. These are the horrible religious mentors of many Christian leaders today, and consequently, their congregations.
MacArthur alone has sold nearly 10,000,000 copies of his books worldwide (printed by Moody Publishers), who teaches that Jesus' blood never made it to the heavenly mercy seat. MacArthur says it is hard to believe, because he views a life of persevering in holiness as being essential to validate one's faith unto salvation. That is a false plan of salvation based upon human effort. It is really sad and tragic. It just evidences that each generation is largely influenced by itself, which is woeful cause for concern. Jeremiah 6:16, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.” My mentors are up in Heaven. Amen! You can have all these apostate televangelists and popular religious figures today as mentors, but not me buddy! I'll follow the hell, fire and damnation preacher!
Kindly, Evangelist Paul Washer is a passionate nightmare, corrupting our teens with his Lordship Salvation. Paul Washer is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, who teach heresy concerning repentance and salvation. There's not one word in the Bible that says repentance means turning away from sinful behavior. Ultimately, you won't become what you decide to be, you will become what you decide to be around. Acts 4:20, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Thus, I plead with you to choose the right mentors. Choose godly men who uncompromisingly stand for the truth, preach against sin and love sinners with God's unconditional love. That's why my heroes are godly men of God like Billy Sunday, Harry Ironside, J. Vernon McGee, John Rice, Lester Roloff, Dwight Moody, Lee Roberson and Jack Hyles!!!
It is human nature to have heroes and mentors. The Devil knows this. Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” Nothing is as destructive on teenagers today as the satanic music videos on YouTube, VH1 and MTV. According to information from Stanford University, music videos are most popular with younger teens, whereas the music itself is more popular with older teens. It is tragic that our youth are being given kooks, quacks and queers for their heroes nowadays. America has become as a spiritual dungheap among the nations, standing idle while the Devil's crowd intentionally destroys our youth. Psalms 50:22, “Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.”
We Need Preachers Who Get as Excited as Rock Stars in the Pulpit
The flesh likes music, but the soul needs hard-preaching. I cannot listen to boring devotional type sermons. I wouldn't want to hear that boring garbage either, which is why our churches are empty today. Truth ought never be preached in church like at a funeral. I promote preachers who are exciting, ruffle the feathers, irritate the crowd and make some people mad. I wouldn't give you a dime for a preacher who never makes anybody mad. We need porcupine preachers, so people will get the point!
Young people want to hear and see PREACHING!!! We've got a bunch of idiots in our church pulpits today, who can't preach their way out of a wet paper bag, as boring as can be. Teenagers love Rock concerts because they're exciting—where the singer runs back 'n' forth on the stage, jumps up and down, shouts, mingles with the audience, and gives it their absolutely very best, sweating profusely and exhausting them self for their fans.
Yet, if you go to the average church today, some boring Charlie Brown type character stands idle behind a pulpit and mumbles some monotone, deathly boring, jibber-jabber.... wha wa wha wah wa, wha! Honestly, I don't blame young people for not going to church these days. And tragically, if a preacher does jump, hoop, holler, run around and get all fired-up over the truth that he's preaching, some dead-beat pulpit committee criticizes him and stifles his zeal. Bless God, we need some more preachers like Billy Sunday, John the Baptist and Jack Hyles! I'd be ashamed if I were a pastor who is not as exciting about proclaiming the Word of God, as some perverted Rock star is about glorifying sin with his satanic music. Dry pulpits are dead pulpits! I love preachers who run around, get excited, pound their fist on the pulpit, shout Amen, take an uncompromising stand and swing their arms at the Devil.
Don't Let Deteriorating Bible Colleges Determine Your Walk
Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks. I was disgusted to learn that Bob Jones University's student handbook permits female students to wear pants. A woman's body talks as she walks when she's wearing pants! That wasn't the case in 1927 when their Bible college's doors opened. It is wrong for Bible college's to follow the world afar off. I know Baptist church pastors who won't preach against women wearing pants because they're allowing home base (where they graduated) at Bob Jones University to set their morals. The Word of God is supposed to set our moral standards in our personal life, which will take care of the churches and colleges. Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy). If Christians leaders cater to the whims of worldly students, then the next generation will embrace worldliness. John Wesley wisely said, “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
I was called “old school” not too long ago by an apostate Baptist pastor, because I mentioned that women ought not wear pants in public. I'm proud to be called “old school,” because the so-called “new school” is wickedness!!! There's nothing more shameful than to see a bunch of Baptist church women all wearing bluejeans. I've heard apostate Christian men and women alike rationalize that bluejeans are acceptable on women, just so long as they're not tight. If I had a nickel for every Christian woman whom I've seen wearing tight sexy bluejeans at a church function, I'd need a big piggybank. I still haven't see the elusive baggy pants that they all use an as excuse to wear pants. We've allowed our sinful American culture to dictate the standards in our churches. Pants on women are synonymous with feminism, whether you realize it or not. You show me a church where the women wear pants and I'll show you a church that doesn't preach against sin as they ought. I actually heard a pastor teach modesty without dare saying that women ought not wear pants. I'm tired of cowardly pastors. Grow some hair on your back man!
Those same shameful Bob Jones University affiliated churches won't take a stand for God against the modern corrupted Bible versions, because Bob Jones University doesn't take a stand. It is apostasy! Satan is a deceiver, who is behind the hundreds of modern corrupt Bible versions. I've written a lengthy article on the matter. I'm tired of churches that are lax on doctrine. They love to preach on wisdom, love and prayer; but you'll never hear about Hell, fire, judgment, damnation, eternal punishment or other controversial subjects. Our churches are in spiritual shambles. We have the wrong mentors! Rick Warren's “The Purpose Driven Life” is a blueprint for ecumenical apostasy. Most churchgoers today are woefully ignorant of truth and are indifferent toward heresy and immorality creeping into our churches. The average church couldn't care less about the New World Order (NWO), while their teenagers are steeped in occult NWO videos and music. Women wearing pants is immorality! Corrupt Bible versions are doctrinal error! The New World Order needs to be exposed. The NWO is prophecy being fulfilled.
I despise expository sermonettes. I hate them. I listened to a pastor spend 8-months going verse-by-verse through Genesis. Instead of preaching with fiery passion from his heart about some truth that God had freshly laid upon his heart; he boringly went chapter-by-chapter, like he was fulfilling a chore, continuing with the devotional study. I'm sure I wasn't the only person thinking in my heart... LET ME OUT OF HERE!!! I looked around the church and saw kids playing video games, their mother surfing the internet, and the guy next to me fumbling through his Kindle toy. Brother, we need topical preaching! That is, pick a topic and PREACH! Expository preaching cripples the preacher, limiting him to the passage he's covering. Preachers lack fire these days!!! Jeremiah said that God's Word burned in his heart. Jeremiah 20:9, “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” The Word of God burns in my heart, compelling me to preach.
Following the Devil's Crowd Leads Only to Destruction
Photo to left: David Lee Roth, lead singer of the satanic Rock band, Van Halen.
Most teenagers today idolize Godless heathens, who've never done anything for anybody except themselves. Dr. Hyles preaches an awesome sermon titled, “It Just Doesn't Make Sense.” What has the Devil ever done for you? Why would you follow Satan when he has never done anything for you? Adam Levine of Maroon 5 made $75 million dollars last year. Do you think Adam Levine cares about your spiritual welfare? Do you think his sicko “ANIMALS” video is for your edification? No, he has sold his soul for money, and he'll do anything for his dark Lord Satan. 1st Kings 21:20, “...because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.”
The frontman for the Rock band Van Halen, David Lee Roth, was as a god to millions of fans during his heyday, and to a lesser degree still is today. The demonic band Van Halen has sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide. Roth is infamous for his sexual immorality backstage after concerts, dirty-minded comments and glorification of sinful living. Roth is still serving Satan with his music and has a cult following around the world. Van Halen released their first album in 1978. That was 36 years ago! The band members are getting old, with nothing but Hell to look forward to.
During their hey day, at times 500,000 fans attended a single concert. Tragically, the band has been extremely successful in Japan, where Roth bought a home, as well as one in New York and another in California. When he dies, Roth will leave this world naked as he came (1st Timothy 6:7-8). 1st Timothy 6:7, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.” This world will soon come to an end. What is fifty years in the ocean of time? Your heart beats an average of 100,000 times each and every day!!! Wow! But know that every heartbeat brings each of us closer to death. WHAT DO YOU LABOR FOR? (MP3 by Brother Roloff; Isaiah 55:2, the world is never satisfied).
I was curious to see what would come up in the search engines if I typed in “David Lee Roth God.” I add the name of God to many search queries to find what people think about God, or if they believe in God at all. Anyway, when I entered the search, an article which I had written came up fourth on the list. That's very interesting to me. I just did a search for “Van Halen Jesus” and my website comes up second. That's amazing to me. Van Halen has sold 100 million albums around the world, influencing hundreds-of-millions of people for the Devil; yet my article preaching against them comes up second. This plainly evidences how alienated Van Halen is from the Lord Jesus Christ. Although I rejoice in knowing that I am rising up against the evildoers (Psalms 94:16), my heart wishes that hundreds more Christians would join me in the fight! The goal is not to expose or be unkind to people; but rather, to warn young people about bad role models who will lead them into drugs, sexual immorality, satanism and a life alienated from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Only God knows how many hundreds-of-millions of families were ripped apart because of the demonic influence of Van Halen's music. Each generation has its own sinful idols. In the 1940's it was Frank Sinatra. In the 1950's it was Elvis. In the 1960's it was The Beatles. Beatles Album Cover Originally Featured Dead Babies and Body Parts with Group Dressed as Butchers. In the 1970's it was Black Sabbath. In the 1980's it was Madonna. In the 1990's it was The Backstreet Boys. Today it's Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and countless other horrible role models for our youth.
In the following article, the author explains how watching murder, rape and violence in movies desensitizes children and adults alike to the pain and suffering of others. Pediatrician Exposes R-Rated “Ratings Creep” Into PG-13 Films Desensitizing Parents/Kids Alike. Sadly, the television is a mentor to American society. Sex creeps like Charlie Sheen are America's heroes. Perverts like Jack Black, Conan O'Brien, Seth MacFarlane and Jay Z are America's mentors. The ungodly occultists behind the television, movie and music industries are relentlessly breaking down American families, ripping them apart. Ultimately, the American people are to blame for their own demise. No one makes us watch television, or listen to their music or watch their movies. I once heard a black preacher correctly say that adulterous producers make adulterous films to inspire adulterous people.
Young people, choose mentors who desire to help you find God's will for your life, who desire to protect your innocence, who want to keep you pure and lead you in the paths of righteousness. That's why I promote fundamental Bible-believing preachers to my web visitors. I listen to all their preaching myself. That's why I promote them! God has used their preaching to help me think straight, and it can help you too! You can listen to all your favorite music thousands of times, worldly or religious, but it won't bring you one bit closer to God. Ah, but hearing a sermon just one time can change your life forever.
God Doesn't Reward Those Who Strive Unlawfully
2nd Timothy 2:5, “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” There are rules to serving the Lord, just as there are rules in secular sports. If a baseball player uses a modified bat filled with cork, then he is ejected from the game for playing unlawfully. If an athlete uses muscle-enhancing steroids to gain superiority over their opponent, then they are arrested and banned from professional sports. Likewise, as God's soldiers fighting in a spiritual war, there are rules that God expects us to follow. I found some lame commentaries on the subject at PreceptAustin online. I really like this website, but the commentaries on this particular Scripture passage all focus on dedication, working hard, commitment to win the race and giving it one's best. I interpret the Scripture differently, as I will explain.
I read today in 2nd Timothy 2:5 where God says a man will not be crowned in eternity unless he strives (fights) lawfully. Well, first of all, most Christians don't even strive. If you don't contend for the faith, don't expect to be rewarded for nothing. To strive “lawfully” means “legitimately.” The subject on 2nd Timothy is being a good soldier for Jesus Christ. Can any Christian leader actually expect to receive rewards from God in eternity, when they are using a Bible version that has been corrupted by Satan? Even worse, when such pastors have been warned repeatedly by other Christians, and yet they don't care, will God reward them? Is it legitimate to serve God with an illegitimate Bible version? Do you think God will reward them for being sincerely wrong???
During the Civil War, when a man refused to join the confederate army to fight, he was hung as an example to the others. Well, we are at war today and most believers are AWOL (absent Without Leave). Our Bible colleges are absent from the battle. As far as I'm concerned, any so-called Bible college that refuses to take a stand against the modern corrupt Bible versions deserves to have its doors closed. Jesus warned that no man can serve God and mammon. It's all the religious institutions and big churches making money (or needing lots of money) who refuse to take a stand. Just because a man is committed to his ministry, laboring diligently and determined to give his all to win the race, doesn't mean that he is striving lawfully. He must be saved, and he must rightly divide the Word of Truth.
I read some commentary which said to treat others delicately while disagreeing with them. Is that what God means by striving lawfully? How do we reconcile the following two Scripture passages, which appear to totally contract each other...
2nd Timothy 2:24-26, “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.“
And now we read...
Titus 1:10-13, “For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.”
The answer is that we should be gentle at first in our disagreements with others concerning doctrine, but if they refuse to take heed to the truth (sound doctrine), then we must expose them, rebuking them sharply for the benefit of others (and hopefully they also will realign their own beliefs with the truth).
The Bible says to consider someone doctrinally corrupted after warning them twice...
Titus 3:9-11, “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.”
In the preceding Scripture, God is teaching us not to argue over religious matters, but this does not mean that we shouldn't “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). The point is that we shouldn't waste our time arguing over non-essential religious matters, when we could use that time to go soul-winning and accomplish meaningful things for God, like building a church bus ministry route. We need to do things in a Christlike spirit, because we have Christ's Spirit in us; but the Lord was not a pacifist who never stepped on anyone toes, or never deliberately offended anyone with His words.
When I find a pastor who is wayward in his doctrines, and using a corrupted Bible version, I gently give him books and sermons to help him. I earnestly pray for him, for God's Spirit to work in his heart. I don't force my convictions on him. However, if he rejects that truth repeatedly, then he is subverted of himself, and sinneth the Bible says in Titus 3:11. I dare say that 95% of pastors today are subverted of themselves, such as John MacArthur, Joel Osteen, Adrian Rodgers, Chuck Swindoll, Billy Graham and Rick Warren. Sadly, people will follow anybody who can carry a tune, slick their hair back and tickle their ears with religious ramble. Truth is important, which is why most pastors run from it, because preaching the truth always costs us popularity.
I know Baptist popular churches with large religious schools who think they've arrived, because so many people support them. They use a satanic corrupt Bible version alongside the King James Bible. They use two different Bibles. Talk about confusion! I don't think they're striving lawfully! How can they, while using and promoting a satanic Bible version? Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible is not one-millionth as much of a threat as the modern corrupted Bible versions, because the churches fail to see the danger. God cares about the purity of His Holy Word. Psalms 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
As you just read, the Holy Bible is magnified above the name of Jesus. This is because the name of Jesus is only as good as the reliability of God's Word. Please don't allow Bible colleges to dictate your beliefs and morals. We need to get back to obeying the Bible. I want to vomit when I hear a pastor talk about obeying God rather than growing the church, while their church is growing only because they're not obeying God!!! That's a good statement! Most churches go through the superficial motions of being a church, but when you take a closer look, it's as an empty shell. The congregation meets to sing “Holy, Holy, Holy” on Sunday morning, but never a word is preached from the pulpit against sin. They use an unholy Bible version, like the New International Version (aka, The Antichrist's Bible).
I want to vomit when I hear a pastor talk about obeying rather than growing, while their church is growing because they're not obeying!!!
Multitudes of churches and pastors errantly think that they are pleasing to God, when in reality they are as apostate as can be. The simplicity that is in Christ (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4) has been replaced with the curse of Lordship Salvation. There is no preaching on the reality of Hell, fire and brimstone anymore. Our alters are empty. Most Baptist churches are fortunate if they water baptize two converts every 6-months. How can you expect people to repent if you don't have the preaching that produces repentance? (by Dr. Harry Ironside).
I've made many enemies amongst religious leaders, because I am honest enough to tell them the truth that they've been deceived. So be it, I know that I am striving lawfully! I would rather do right wrongly, than to do wrong rightly. Churches who use the Westcott and Hort modern corrupt Bible versions are doing wrong rightly. My disposition may be wrong, but my position is right. In other words, I may be considered a troublemaker, but I am pleasing to the Lord for defending truth. Truth is hate to those who hate the truth! I don't like being accused of “thinking too much,” being called “old school,” and being shunned by Baptist churches, but I rejoice in the Lord for taking an uncompromising stand for truth. I think that is a big part of striving lawfully!
“I've stood for more sneers and scoffs and insults and had my life threatened from one end of the land to the other by this God-forsaken gang of thugs and cutthroats because I have come out uncompromisingly against them.” —Baseball player turned evangelist for Christ, Billy Sunday
To go along with mainstream evangelicalism is the death knell of any church or Bible college. Pastor Bob Gray Sr. (MP3, How a Fundamentalist Becomes a Liberal) in Longview, Texas, is correct that our churches were much better off when we were regularly having splits. Most pastors are quick to rid their congregation of anyone causing doctrinal division, but Jesus plainly taught that He came to bring division (because the truth causes conflicts). Heresy is always trying to creep into the churches. Matthew 10:34, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
There are many ways to strive legitimately and non-legitimately. You must be saved to labour lawfully. You must be sound in your teachings, rightly dividing the Word of Truth. You must have the inspired Word of God. The Greek compilation published in 1881 by Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort is NOT inspired. It is satanic in nature!
Striving lawfully means much more than just doing the best that you can to win the race for Christ, and I don't claim to grasp its full meaning; but certainly, striving lawfully must include RIGHTLY DIVIDING (dissecting) the Word of truth, and rejecting the modern satanic corrupt Bible versions, and exposing them for the sake of others. What a joke it is for most Baptist pastors to profess a love for the truth, while using and promoting the satanic corrupt Bible versions in their churches!!! To remain silent is cowardice.
Ultimately, We Will Become Like Those Whom We Follow
I thank God for my mentors. Psalms 119:63, “I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.” My heroes are Independent Fundamental Baptist preachers! I also greatly admire Evangelist Billy Sunday and Pastor J. Vernon McGee (Presbyterians). Until she was 40-years-old, Coystal Hyles (Jack Hyles' mother) was a Methodist. Then she joined a Baptist church and the rest is history. There are good churches outside of the Baptist camp, but they are far and few between (and for that matter there are many dangerous Baptist camps, like the Southern Baptist Convention. Last I checked, there were at least 78 different affiliations within the Baptist denomination alone).
The problem with the Presbyterian church today is that they observe sacraments (a term not found in the Bible). Their creed is the Westminster Confession, which is doctrinally flawed. As such, Presbyterians teach that water baptism bestows a special grace upon the recipient. This is unbiblical. Water baptism is merely symbolic, showing outwardly what has taken placed inwardly, that is, one has believed the Gospel to be saved. Presbyterians also perform the unscriptural practice of Infant Baptism. In the following MP3 sermons, Pastor Max Younce refutes the heresy of INFANT BAPTISM | PART 2.
I am a Baptist by conviction, not tradition. I believe Independent Baptists come closest to the New Testament Church than any other denomination. Yet, I agree with Dr. John R. Rice who said, “There's no such thing as 'The Baptist Church'.” Although non-denominational churches may sound appealing for this reason, by far everyone that I've seen are as shallow and ecumenical as can be. We're talking about mentors in this article. Be careful what group you choose to run with.
Granted, salvation has absolutely nothing to do with being Baptist. Being a Baptist is simply a matter of choosing what group I choose to run with. Thank God for Pastors, Charles H. Spurgeon and Dwight L. Moody! I choose to run with the soul-winning, bus ministry, separated, sin-fighting, people-loving, Christ-honoring, King James Bible, Hell-warning, pretribulational, truth-seeking, Baptist crowd. I praise God for the thousands of Bible studies and sermons available by Dr. Jack Hyles. They are more precious than all the gold in the world as far as I'm concerned. Brother Hyles is alive up in Heaven, and I am his friend. These are my mentors! Of course, no man is perfect, except the God-Man, the Lord Jesus (Hebrews 4:15). My ultimate mentor and hero is the Lord Jesus Christ!!!!!!!
love God who doesn't love sinners!”
(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)
If you believe what the Bible teaches, attend a church that teaches the Bible!
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