There Are Hardly Any Preachers Anymore!
By David J. Stewart | March 2014
Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935)
1st Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions?
if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
A nation without preachers is a nation without truth! A nation of teachers is NOT going to salvage what's left of liberty and freedom in America. Pastor Jack Hyles (91926-2001) was right when he said that teachers cannot reproduce preachers! The saying is true that you can tell a lot about a man by the company that he keeps! You won't become in 5-years what you decide to be; but rather, you will become what YOU DECIDE TO BE AROUND! This is why it is critically important that young men who desire to serve God as preachers be trained by PREACHERS! Evangelist Lester Roloff (1914-1982) said that the great need of the hour is PREACHING PREACHERS!!! How right Brother Roloff is!!!
If you are a Christian man, young or old, who desires to be a preacher and be trained, then don't make the big mistake of attending a Bible college where there are only teachers, but no preachers! This is why I am leery of Bible colleges where they are a private business and not under the umbrella of a local New Testament Church. You need to ask and find out if the Bible college that you are considering attending is a ministry of a local church, or if it is a private business not legally associated with a church. I highly recommend going to a Bible college that is an extension of a local New Testament church.
And let me say that by “preaching” that I don't mean screaming and beating your fist on the pulpit (although I am all for such tools for emphasis and keeping the audience's attention). I always laugh when Brother Hyles tells about the time he was preaching down in Louisiana and put his fist through the pulpit, not knowing that is was soft wood. The men in the church literally had to remove his hand from the pulpit with a saw. That's my preacher! A man can “preach” without speaking a word, such as I do through my website ministry. Teachers transfer knowledge, but preachers transfer convictions!
Also, I wouldn't even think of attending any Bible college that doesn't believe we have an INERRANT Bible today! I'm tired of arrogant Bible colleges and wayward preachers saying that only the original manuscripts are inerrant. God promised to preserve His Words unto every generation (Psalms 12:6-8). You look at the students graduating from Bible colleges where they don't believe we have a perfect Bible today, and you'll see how they lack of zeal over truth, don't have a burning passion to PREACH THE WORD, and are becoming teachers and fuddy-duddy ministers, but not preachers! BLESS GOD, WE NEED PREACHERS!
The Importance Of Preaching
Dr. Jack Hyles loved other preachers, refusing to pick up arrows to shoot back that were shot at him, and he exemplified Jesus Christ more in my opinion than any other preacher of the 20th century. Many people have the wrong idea that Jesus was a happy-go-lucky kind of man that never got angry, never slammed His fist while preaching, never raised His voice, never railed against sin, never offended His listeners, never told anyone they were going to Hell, never spoke dogmatically, et cetera. If you don't like Jack Hyles, you'll hate Jesus Christ, because no one preached as harshly against sin as Jesus, and He was hated for it. John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”
Hebrews 1:9, “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Many men are envious of Dr. Hyles. Others hate his authoritative preaching, which might be mistaken for arrogance if you don't believe the Word of God. If you believe and love the Word of God, then you understand that Dr. Hyles' was zealous over THE TRUTH!!!
Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) explains why Moody Memorial Church went from once being a great ministry when Dr. Harry Ironside (1876-1951) pastored there, to the disgraceful apostate institution that Moody Ministries has become today . . .
My heart aches for what has happened to churches across this nation. Many churches that call themselves Independent Baptists are not really Independent Baptists.
When Dr. Ironside was the pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago, he decided to form a group of men to run the business of the church. He basically turned the leadership of the church over to that group of men and decided that he would just do the preaching. It worked beautifully because these men loved him, and wanted to please him, but when he died, he had created the machinery for the destruction of their soul-winning program. What happened? A good pastor and some good men set up some bad machinery that worked as long as they were alive, but self-destructed when they died.
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from Chapter 5, THE AUTONOMY OF THE CHURCH, of his excellent book, THE CHURCH.
The Importance Of Building The Home, Lifting The Fallen And Encouraging God's People
I also want to speak to preachers, Christians and anyone who only thinks of Brother Hyles as a guy screaming against sin from the pulpit. I recently heard a wonderful MP3 sermon by Pastor Hyles which reveals a completely different side of his heart that people who didn't personally attend First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana might easily never see. The sermon is titled, THE GIFT OF PROPHESY (right click to download). In this sermon Brother Hyles shows a side of him that many people often miss. The Bible teaches in 1st Corinthians 14:3-5 that prophesy is more important than the other gifts, and prophesying (meaning, to speak forth) is composed of three things here:
Building up the home (edifying)
Lifting up the fallen (exhorting)
Encouraging the people of God (comfort)
Dr. Hyles plainly teaches that these three things are more important than preaching against abortion, booze or other sins. Now preaching against sin is very important, but it's not the most important. Teaching people how to build their home is more important. This is good stuff! Most people who attack Fundamentalism haven't the foggiest clue what Fundamentalism is all about. The malicious attack against Pastor Jack Hyles and his ministry are rooted in a hateful spirit against a holy God, an offensive King James Bible that steps on toes, and Biblical Fundamentalism which is the proclamation and defense of the unchanging truth of God and His holy Word. So don't make the mistake if you are a preacher, or desire to become a preacher, of failing to prophesy (speak forth) on these vital subjects as taught in 1st Corinthians 14:1-5.
TEACHING ON PREACHING!
Liberty And Freedom Are Synonymous With Faith In God
Liberty is the freedom to make our own choices, and freedom is the reward of making the right decisions. America has been making so many WRONG spiritual decisions for so long that we are as the Titanic ship going down! Banning the Word of God and prayer in America's classrooms since 1963 was the WRONG decision! The free-love (fornication), hippie, druggie, philosophy of the 1960's was a direct result of removing the Bible and prayer from children's lives. Consequently, the legalization of abortion in 1973 to contend with the millions of unintended and unwanted pregnancies was the WRONG decisions. Then our Godless U.S. Supreme Court decided in 1988 that fathers had no rights whatsoever over his own biological child in its mother's womb. Woe unto America!
As a result of the sexual demoralization of America, and the utter desecration of the sanctity of the marriage bed, and total disregard for the value of human life, the next progressive downward slide into the cesspool of iniquity has been the vile homosexual movement. God's hand of blessing has been gradually departing from the United States, to the same degree that Americans have been turning away from God and going into sin. Why should God bless a nation of baby killers (abortion), adulterers (Hollywood) and idolaters (teaching children the lies of evolution that God didn't create them)?
Our U.S. federal government has been hijacked by a gang of cutthroat criminals (called “globalists,” or the “Illuminati”) who are desperate to build a world government. They are all arrogant, are willing to murder billions of people to carry out their wicked agendas (consider the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center), and they serve and worship their lord Lucifer.
Let every preacher who names the name of Christ continually live and preach HAVING FAITH IN GOD!!! Hebrews 11:6 teaches that WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE HIM [GOD].
God's Requirement For National Healing: Repentance And Faith
The Bible gives us the recipe for curing our national dilemma in 2nd Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.” What was true for the nation of Israel in the Old Testament is true of every nation throughout history, that is, God always honors repentance, whether it be an individual, a family, a church, a city or a nation. The recipe for national healing in 2nd Chronicles 7:14-15. I absolutely love verse 15, which says God is continually watching and listening for our response to His invitation.
I love Alex Jones and his syndicated radio show, THE ALEX JONES SHOW at Infowars.com. I have learned so very much from Alex since 2002 about what's really happening in the world and the truth about the satanic New World Order. Yet, Alex's solution is to wake people up and stand against the evildoers, shining the light to expose the darkness. When I think of Alex Jones, one Scripture passage stands out in my mind, and that is 2nd Chronicles 25:1-2, “Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.” I believe Alex is sincere. He professes to be a Christian, but if he definitely lacks sound Bible doctrine, evidenced by his frequent teaching of religious humanism and spiritualism without the gospel. I pray for Alex, that he will profess his faith in the gospel.
God challenged the prophet Jeremiah to find just ONE man who was just in Jerusalem, but the prophet could not! Jeremiah 5:1, “Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.” Wow, Jerusalem was even worse than Sodom. At least Abraham found Lot in Sodom, but Jeremiah couldn't find even one righteous man in Jerusalem. How many righteous men does God find in America today? I believe there are quite a few due to the great men of God like Billy Sunday, Harry Ironside, Dwight Moody, John R. Rice, Lee Roberson and Jack Hyles to name a few.
Even more encouraging are the words of Ezekiel 22:30, “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” 2nd Chronicles 7:15 says that God is looking and listening for humility, praying, seeking His face (God's favor in response to one's faith and obedience) and turning from our wicked ways. But we learn further from Ezekiel 22:30 that God is searching “FOR A MAN” (just one man). The Bible even tells us in Ezekiel 22:30 that God sought for a man to “STAND BEFORE ME FOR THE LAND.” This can only mean PRAYER. Sadly, the Bible says that God couldn't find even one man who would stand before Him on behalf of the land that He should not destroy it.
The Heavy Metal Agenda For National Healing: Anarchy And Destruction!
One of the big critics I have concerning Alex's show is that he openly, shamelessly and willingly promotes Heavy-metal Rock music, which is steeped with sexual immorality, satanism and rebellion against God. I heard Alex today (March 17, 2014) talking about how good it feels to be right with God; yet he plays Van Halen, ACDC, Blue Oyster Cult, Lenny Kravitz and Quiet Riot regularly on his show. Alex openly supports, attends the concerts, interviews, praises and befriends heavy-metal performers (who are the enemy of God - James 4:4). I don't think Alex is a bad guy; but rather, broken (as we all are to some degree). I have to say Biblically that Alex Jones has aligned himself with the Devil's crowd by being a large supporter of the Heavy-metal music Industry. MEGADETH frontman, Dave Mustaine, even moved to Austin, Texas to be close to his buddy Alex Jones.
If Alex is a true believer (I am not sure), he follows the world and serves God with an imperfect heart like king Amaziah. I do not point these things out to criticize Alex Jones; but rather, because I want you to know THE TRUTH about the matter. GOD WILL NOT BLESS ANARCHY!!! If sin-loving Americans do overthrow the federal government, foreign troops will march on U.S. soil by sundown and we will be defeated. If Americans think that God is going to preserve liberty while they're aborting their children (which are conceived by their sexually immoral ways) they are insane! If Americans think that God is going to preserve liberty to a stiff-necked people who love drunkenness, public nudity, false religion, dirty Late Night TV, lesbians and feminism, you're dreaming in fantasy land. God's judgment is upon us, but most people don't realize it yet.
There's something wrong with Alex's Christian testimony, because he claims to be right with God while helping the HEAVY-METAL industry accomplish their goal, which is, the destruction of the family in America.
God judges nations by giving them into the merciless hands of other heathen nations! China and Russia would gladly overrun America, and the frightening way President Obama is dismantling our U.S. military, we are doomed!!! The Pentagon has overturned a ban against women fighting on the frontlines. Women on average only have 60% of the upper body strength of a man. In a battlefield situation, women won't be able to carry their wounded buddies, carry the heavy 50 caliber weaponry and manhandle the equipment.
How we all live is an INDIVIDUAL decision. The Bible plainly teaches (warns) that every human being must stand accountable in eternity to God for every word (Matthew 12:36), every work (Ecclesiastes 12:14) and every thought (Proverbs 24:12). Nothing is hidden from God (Hebrews 4:13). God
Jeremiah 12:10, “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden
my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
Are you one of the pastors who are doing more harm than good, by embracing the homosexual agenda, supporting abortion, remaining silent about the Communist tyranny overthrowing the United States, and using corrupted versions of the Bible instead of the Christ-honoring King James Bible? Woe unto the shepherds, for they have preyed upon the flock.
The Importance Of Preaching
Here's some life-changing statements on preaching from chapter 17 (“The Importance Of Preaching”) of Pastor Hyles' wonderful book, “Teaching On Preaching”...
Preaching is teaching with a tear in the eye. Preaching is truth on fire. Preaching is the Word of God in the hand, the fire of God in the heart and the zeal of God in the soul. Preaching is the gift of God wrapped in an excited voice. Preaching is the moral conscience of a nation. Preaching is the soul of the church. Preaching is the throne room of society Preaching is the scepter and crown of the preacher. Preaching is the moral level of the succeeding generation. It was preaching that originally built our secular colleges. It was preaching that originally built our public school system. It was preaching that originally established our law system, and in the early days of our country, a degree in theology was a prerequisite to a law degree. Every great denomination was founded on preaching.
It was John Wesley who said, “I just set myself on fire and folks come to watch me as I burn.”
Sam Jones, the famous Methodist evangelist, went to a workers' conference one day with a friend. As they rode their horses home, Sam Jones looked to his friend and said, “I learned something today.” His friend asked what he had learned, whereupon Sam Jones replied, “I learned that my pulpit is my throne, and I am a king.”
Richard Baxter said, “I preached as never sure to preach again, as a dying man to dying men.”
John Hall said, “A strong and faithful pulpit is the safeguard to a nation's life.”Thomas Betterton said, “Actors speak of things imaginary as if they were real; preachers speak of things real as if they were imaginary.”
Philip Brooks said, “Preaching is truth delivered through personality. Preaching is personal counseling on a group scale.”Hugh Latimer said, “Preaching is the delivering of meat, not strawberries.”
John Newton said, “Preaching is breaking the hard heart and healing the broken one.”
William R. Nicoll said, “Of all vocations, the Christian ministry is the most sacred, the most exacting and the most humbling.”
Richard Whitely said, “Preach not because you have to say something but because you have something to say.”Abraham Lincoln said, “When I hear a man preaching, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees.”
Preaching is the answer. Let nothing take its place. Let no concert be given at preaching time. Let no cantata be given at preaching time. Let no movie substitute for the preaching of the Gospel. Let no vespers take the place of preaching. Let no play or dramatical presentation be given at preaching time. Preaching is the loftiest of the professions and the greatest of the arts. Preaching is truth set on fire!
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, chapter 17 from the awesome book, TEACHING ON PREACHING.
I attended a Bob Jones' affiliated church for several month and never heard even one mention of Hell from the pulpit. Bob Jones churches have some great orators, teachers, missionaries, evangelists and expositors... BUT THERE ARE NO PREACHERS! They never pound the pulpit. No one ever hollers. No one gets excited over truth. They have the right doctrines, but they lack that burning fire inside that Dwight Moody, Billy Sunday, Harry Ironside, Jack Hyles, George Whitefield, Lester Roloff and Jesus Christ had. The fire of the preacher comes from the fire of the inspired Word of God. All modern Bibles are weak-kneed, and so are the ministers who use them! I want to vomit as I listen to all the dry, dead and milquetoast preachers on religious radio. It's our attitude toward the Bible that determines our zeal. We need some fire today!
Read what Brother Hyles said back in 1972...
“I've been preaching a long time, and I've watched a lot of things happen. To me the saddest thing that I've watched in my life, apart from my own country going to the Devil nearly, has been the change of preachers and churches. I find myself amazed and stunned with near disbelief, as I see men who once stood who don't stand anymore ... I know every week I cry some, I mean cry, I mean tear cry, because of preachers who are turning.”
SOURCE: Pastor Jack Hyles, from the 1972 sermon titled, I SHALL NOT BE MOVED
Someone's Got To Take A Stand For God!
I recently heard a Baptist pastor say that he doesn't criticize the different versions of the Bible to avoid offending people. Get right with God! A known open homosexual led the Old Testament committee as chairman of the New International Version (NIV). Brother, there is something wrong with any pastor, preacher or teacher, who doesn't get angry when anyone tampers with the Word of God. With his faulty reasoning, why criticize hellbound Roman Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists or Mormons? I mean, you might offend them, and certainly will if you tell them the truth that their false religion cannot get them to Heaven.
Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) explains how Satan is corrupting and destroying our churches today . . .
Literally hundreds of churches have died because the Devil has succeeded in getting the liberal joined up with the fundamentalist. He could not get the fundamentalist to do it, so he introduced the neo-orthodox, who believes like the liberal, but talks like the fundamentalist. Then he introduced the new evangelical who believes like the fundamentalist, but talks like the liberal. Finally, he introduced one big issue that every decent person hates, and started a big campaign. That one issue did what the others could not do. It broke down the wall between fundamentalists and the liberals.
SOURCE: Dr. Jack Hyles, a quote from Chapter 6, A CHURCH LOSING IT'S INDEPENDENCE AND NOT KNOWING IT, of his excellent book, THE CHURCH.
Beware of apostate ministers who support liberal pastor John MacArthur, who teaches that Jesus' blood was never sprinkled on the Mercy Seat in Heaven. Beware of Missionary Paris Reidhead, who errantly teaches that a person must make full surrender and cease from a sinful lifestyle to be saved, teaching the heresy of Lordship Salvation. Watch out for Chip Ingram's false gospel and Billy Graham's corrupted plan of salvation. The Devil has crept into our churches, subtly teaching a grace plus works false plan of salvation, even in many Baptist churches. Beware of Paul Washer's perverted gospel.
Jeremiah 12:10, “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
God give us more PREACHING PREACHERS!!!
Isaiah 56:10-11, “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”
I heard a guest on The Alex Jones Show today (03-13-2014) say, “If you follow your heart you're going to make money!” That's the carnal mindset of the Godless world. The world is Godless (1st John 5:19). Do you know why there has been so much war over the past century? It's because “War is money!,” which is why the world is always going to war! American society is sedated.
When the public stops being sedated and starts waking up, the world ruling elite panic and blow something up to instill fear in us. The reason why they're deliberately drugging the American public, dumbing us down, the new 'COMMON CORE' curriculum to dumb-down children, putting fluoride in the water, and doing everything in their power to create an obese, lethargic and depressed society is to render us defenseless, lacking vitality and robbing the energy to resist tyranny. We are living in the midst of a crooked and perverted nation in America. We are now entering the End Times!
Has God's Word ignited a fire in your heart to serve the Lord? Does the truth of God's Word burn within your breast as it did Jeremiah? Jeremiah 20:9, “...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.” God is looking for some unholy men to make holy, so His Spirit can reach the lost through your labors for Him. God's cares for His children, through His children. God needs you my friend! If we don't preach, then it won't get done. If we don't win the lost, then they won't be won.
Are you saved? Have you ever come to the place in your life where you realized that you are a helpless guilty sinner, totally incapable of saving yourself? Have you received the gospel (good news) of Christ's death upon the cross for your sins, burial and resurrection? That's the way to Heaven, that is, by God's grace through faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. You are a sinner! Unless you receive Christ's payment for your sins, then you will spend eternity burning in Hell. Just cease from your own DEAD WORKS (Hebrews 6:1), and completely REST IN CHRIST (Hebrews 4:10-11). Repentance is a change of mind about what you want to do to get to Heaven, to what God says you must do to get to Heaven. God the Father says to REST IN JESUS, His only begotten Son (John 6:40)!!! Jesus is precious!
Who's Preaching The Truth?
Kings 18:21, “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said,
How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him:
but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
Repent And Believe To Be Saved
Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Mark 1:15: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have
eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." —John 5:39
HELL FIRE (you'd better get saved before it's too late! by Pastor Danny Castle)