37 Rules For Watchfulness In A World Full Of Wolves

(1)

I will not be fooled into believing that it is rebellion to question the teachings and practices of pastors and churches.
1 John 4:1; 1 Thess. 5:21; 1 Corinthians 14:29; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 3:10; 2 Corinthians 6:17

(2)

I will always seek the Lord for strength and direction and examine the scriptures with no biases or assumptions.
Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1

(3)

I will not take up my cross weekly and follow my leaders, but take up my cross daily and follow Jesus Christ.
Luke 9:23

(4)

I will never become a slave of men and of human institutions. A slave of Christ, Yes! A slave of men, institutions, or religious systems, No! 1 Corinthians 7:23

(5)

I will seek from God the needed direction to “test all things” and “prove the spirits” even though I will be mocked and ridiculed from the pulpit as being “divisive” and having a “proud, haughty spirit.” 1 Thess. 5:21; 1 John 4:1

(6)

I will be resolved to stand up to carnal-minded church leaders and will not allow them to tamper with my marriage and family. Matthew 19:6

(7)

I will never believe that some doctrines must be correct just because they are taught by “sincere, intelligent, or Godly men.” Matthew 7:21

(8)

I will always be able to worship God at any time and in any place, even though I will infuriate organized religionists. John 4:23-24; Luke 22:1-2

(9)

I will make serious effort to never succumb to the false teaching that so-called “church authorities” outside the family know best. Ephesians 5:22ff; Matthew 19:6

(10)

I will always be mindful of the fact that many pulpits are occupied by masters of deceit, hiding under the guise of an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

(11)

I will never be silent and thereby shield a so-called “church leader” from scrutiny or challenge. Psalm 39:2

(12)

I will not be afraid to freely fellowship with people from denominations I once was taught were ungodly and unworthy of my company. Matthew 23:8

(13)

I will always put my family first; not the “pastor or church,” no matter what the cost. Ephesians 5:22ff

(14)

I will seek to take the initiative to probe, discuss, debate, and search for Truth, knowing that there is nothing to fear and that only orthodoxy is threatened by such an exercise. John 8:32

(15)

I will not be relegated to passively sit in a pew and observe the ministry of a select and highly privileged few.
Romans 12 &1 Corinthians 12-14

(16)

I will always be fully aware and on guard knowing that spiritual wolves wear suits and ties, look good, sound good, and appear to be “godly and humble” in public. Mark 13:22

(17)

I will not tolerate a “church leader” always seeking to micromanage every detail of my life. 1 Corinthians 7:23

(18)

I will not believe the false teaching that states “group obedience to the elders in all things is from God.”
1 John 4:1

(19)

I will be reluctant to worship in a place where only one side of a question is “allowed” to be taught. Psalm 1:1-2

(20)

I will refuse to be “dumbed down” to the level of not being able to think, reason, or discern for myself. Romans 12:2

(21)

I will not be bullied into the notion that the foundation of life is “going-to-church.” John 14:6

(22)

I will mortify “playing the role of God” in the lives of others. 1 Corinthians 8:6

(23)

I will not give my devotion and mind to men, a movement, or a local institutional church system.
Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 3:19

(24)

I will daily strive to have the “mind of Christ,” cultivating His Truth that greatness in His Kingdom is attained through SERVING and not through attaining positions, titles, recognition, and authority. Matthew 20:26

(25)

I will never be entangled in a yoke of bondage, cloaked as “being spiritual.” Galatians 5:1

(26)

I will always loath the false teaching that states “the giving of your tithes and offerings will make you more blessed and more prosperous.” 1 Timothy 6:4

(27)

I will never acquiesce to unquestioned, uncritical agreement and allegiance to a human leader. Acts 17:10-11

(28)

I am settled that my faith and salvation is not predicated on the notion, “I must listen to a Sunday sermon.”
1 Corinthians 2:5

(29)

I will never be afraid or reluctant to believe something just because it was rejected by some church or someone had denounced such a belief as heresy. Psalm 56:11

(30)

I will not be fooled into believing that “eldership rule,” and “pastoral authority” is taught in the Bible. Matthew 24:5

(31)

I will strive in maintaining the truth that there is no man whose word has power over another and that no one has the right in God’s kingdom to “lord it over them” (exercise authority). Jesus has spoken and said “NOT SO!”
Matthew 20:25-26

(32)

I will never view the words of a supposed “spiritual overseer” as the words of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1; Acts 10:26

(33)

I will aim to spend more time studying the Bible, rather than books others have written about the Bible.
Psalm 119:105

(34)

I will not be fooled into thinking that Sunday church attendance is the definition and/or sign of being a Christian. Colossians 2:16-17

(35)

I will never forget how spiritually dead I really was UNTIL I came out of the graveyards in which I worshipped!
2 Corinthians 6:16-17

(36)

Yes, I “will be hated of all men,” yet I will always remember that my name will be in His “book of remembrance” and His “book of life,” which is worth far more than being well spoken of by all men. Mark 13:13

(37)

I will always seek to be a Berean, (Acts 17:10-11) searching the Scriptures and finding that Jesus NEVER SAID:

- “Submit to the authority of pastors”.

- “Blessed are those who go to church”.

- “Touch not mine anointed”.

- “Build physical church buildings and fill the pews with financial contributors”.

- “Let paid hirelings and professional clergy do your thinking”.

 

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Tithes Lies

TITHES LIES

Titihes Lies

Published in: on March 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

THE FALSE TEACHING OF “DELEGATED AUTHORITY”

Jesus, the King, “delegating His authority” to so-called church rulers, HAS NO BASIS IN SCRIPTURE WHATSOEVER, and this article will prove it to you!

There is probably no better example of the abuse and distortion that is flowing out of the halls of Christendom than in the false teaching of “delegated authority” and the damage that has been done because of it is beyond measure.

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Published in: Uncategorized on February 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

“THE PASTOR’S BIBLE”

Twelve of the pastor’s favorite verses from
“The Pastor’s Bible”:

1) But I say unto you that you are the pastor, and upon this sacred ministerial office you shall be clothed with divine authority. Pastor’s Bible – 7:31

2) My kingdom and dominion of rule will be in your local institutional church where you shall be my duly-authorized representative. Pastor’s Bible – 24:11

3) Blessed are those who go to church. Pastor’s Bible – 1:54

4) You cannot follow Me without being a member of a faithful local church.
Pastor’s Bible – 14:61

5) Worship Me by giving of your tithes and offerings. Pastor’s Bible – 18:2

6) Establish thou worship services and callest thy churches, houses of worship.
Pastor’s Bible – 14:44

7) Be ye called Reverend, Doctor, Pastor or the Minister. Let thy garments also be such as set thee apart from other men.      Pastor’s Bible – 23:40

8) Commission thyselves as a board, sanctioned by Me, and call it the eldership. Pastor’s Bible – 17:30

9) Take charge of thy churches over which thou hast made thyself overseers and rule over them as a commander over his people. Be thou their authority in all things. Forbid them to worship or teach except at thy direction. Pastor’s Bible – 2:13

10) When thou dost ascend the platform, remember that you are the voice of god. Sound like it! Pastor’s Bible – 19:6

11) Demand being present at all of thy performances, again, binding the consciences unto thy dripping words. In doing all this, thou shalt grow strong and confident in thyself. Pastor’s Bible – 6:1

12) Devote thy sacred hours focused on thy authority and remind thy people often of it as well. Always magnify thy ministerial position over thy people. Bear thyself as one, Called of God, that need not be questioned. Pastor’s Bible – 5:15

Twelve of the pastor’s favorite verses, taken from:
“The Pastor’s Bible”

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Published in: Uncategorized on January 4, 2014 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wicked Shepherds Online Journal

Now available: 

In this first, opening issue, there are three vital concerns that are ready for you to peruse:

1) The “House of God   2) Looking for a pastor?   3) The “office of elder

Be sure to share this journal with family and friends;

And may the Lord bless you mightily in your quest for Truth.
 
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Bankers

…If Jesus walked on the earth today…

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“LEADERSHIP”

Since Jesus is the Head of His Church and the ultimate authority, don’t you think it would be wise to see not only what He had to say about leadership, but also how He lived His life?
 
Leadership in God’s assembly works backward from the world. 
If you want to lead, then you will seek a humble place.
Jesus could not have been more clear on this issue; but apparently, not clear enough for some people!
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OTHERS MAY…YOU CANNOT

The following tract has been around for many years.  Perhaps you have already encountered it along the way and need to be reminded of it afresh.

As you start the New Year and seek to know what the will of the Lord might be for you, let this be a small part of the answer to that quest:

 

OTHERS MAY…..YOU CANNOT

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other “Christians”, and in many ways He will see to let other people do things which He will not let you do.

Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful, might manipulate (use false guilt and shame), pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you cannot do it, and if you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent.

Others may boast of themselves, of “their work”, of “their successes”, of “their writings”, of “their ministry and office”, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing, and if you begin it, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works.

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may have a legacy left to them, but it is likely God will keep you poor, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, namely, a helpless dependence upon Him, that he may have the privilege of supplying your needs day by day out of an unseen treasury.

The Lord may let others to “be seen of men”, to be “honored” and “put forward”, but keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.

He may let others be great, but keep you small.

He may let others do a work for Him and get the credit for it, but he will make you work and toil on without knowing how much you are doing; and then to make your work more precious, he may let others get credit for the work which you have done, and thus make your future reward ten times greater.

The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you, with a jealous love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings or for wasting your time, which other Christians never feel distressed over.

So make up your mind that God in His infinite sovereignty, has a right to do as He pleases with His own.

He may not explain to you a thousand things which puzzle your reason in His dealings with you, but if you absolutely will yourself to be His love slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love, and bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those who are in the inner circle.

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit and not men and their traditions, and that He must have the right to tie your tongue, or chain your hand, or close your eyes, in ways that He does not seem to use with others.

Now, when you are so possessed with the living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of Heaven.

By G. D. Watson
(1845–1924)

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Published in: on January 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

SIX MOST QUOTED LIES ABOUT TITHING

Was tithing before the law?  How about this:  Is 10% a good place to start?  Are tithes the same as firstfruits?  Does tithes include money?  Is the church…..the storehouse?  Do tithes go to the preacher?

Russell Kelly hits the nail right on the head.  Read the BIBLICAL answers to these questions by clicking the link below.

Six Most Quoted Lies About Tithing

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