To all people-pleasing pastors, preachers, and gospel workers:I have noticed that you speak of how many souls you have seen come to the Lord. The thought of it makes you feel accepted. May I ask a question? How many have you seen come to repentance? You may rejoice, but the angels in heaven only rejoice when sinners repent (Luke 15:10). Please allow me to remind you about the rich young ruler who ran and knelt before Jesus walked away just as quick. You can find that in Mark 10. Sir/Madam, dont you see this is what many are doing? They may have come to Jesus but in the same hour they go away sorrowful with no repentance. I am a street preacher. I deal with many of whom you have helped lead to Jesus on the streets while they are in a drunken stupor. I persuade men and women to turn from sin and obey Jesus, yet they tell me they are saved. They have come to your revivals, suppers, and BBQs. They enjoyed the fellowship with all the talk of fishing, cars, and sports, almost as equally as their sin. I pour out tears of anguish praying they would repent and be converted, while you glory in a job well done. I put my reputation and life aside to persuade men and women to flee from the wrath that is to come, while you gain stature and reputation. You kiss babies and hug children, while I get spat upon and called names by your converts. If you only knew the pain and frustration you have caused Christ, you would tremble in shame.I tremble and fear at what you have done. My heart explodes in pain at all the souls you have helped on to Hell. You vaccinate sinners to the Truth. After you have inoculated them with self-confidence, they now smile at where they are spending eternity. Oh, how little do they know when they get to eternity they will lift up their eyes in torments. I pleaded with them to repent, but you had told them they only needed to confess. Why do you do this? Do you hate Christ? Do you hate men and women like me? Do you glory in the pain and trouble you have caused us? I weep when I think about you standing at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Sir/Madam, dont you know that in Proverbs 17:15 it says, He that justifieth the wicked is an abomination to the LORD? Is that what you have done? You tell men and women that they are saved, while they wallow in wickedness. You say, welcome to the family. The Bible teaches that if you live in sin you are of the devil (1John 3:8). Are you in their family? Do you have no power in prayer? Do you just believe in yourself? Are you just a puppet on a string? When the people pull do you just follow? Why, why do you do this? I beg and plead with you to not comfort people in their sin. They will perish if they do not turn from sin. Your business may flourish, but they will perish! Please, dont do this anymore. I ask you from the depths of my being: stop pleasing men more than God. Please just preach the Bible. Please just preach and let the Spirit confirm. Please, I plead with you, stop this insult to all righteousness. You may not listen to my words, but please at least listen to Christ weeping over your pathetic excuse of preaching. Weeping and travailing,A Street Preacher
I have seen this in churches before. A street tough get up and pretends to "repent", the church or pastor gets a moment of Glory, then the guy is "Back at it" doing his drug dealing again! Indeed, what kind of repentance is that? Both he and church are deceived.
These are very painful words to hear, but they are filled with all-too-common truth. I remember back in my youth days, the various people who were honestly searching and asking a lot of questions. They were told they had to "get saved" which they did in compliance to the pastor's words. However from that moment on a kind of death took over. There were no more questions - just playing the game like the rest. Really, as you indicate, they were worse off than before. This is nothing new. Jesus said: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. Matt. 23:15Actually, the rest of Christ's woes in Matt. 23 speak exactly to this issue: 1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5"Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.' 8"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ.[b] 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. 13"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.[c] 15"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. 16"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.' 17You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.' 19You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it. 23"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spicesmint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the lawjustice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 25"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. 27"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. 28In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. 29"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.' 31So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers! Diane
I have encountered these people all too much.I remember the last time we encountered one of these people. They came from a nightclub smoking cigaretts(sp?) telling us they are saved, while using curse words when we talked to them.We need to be on our knees for such teachers(and you know who they are) Praying for their souls.
great word preacher parsley
For God so loved the church.