The Hardest Part About Being a Fundamentalist Preacher
by David J. Stewart | March 2017
Jude 1:3-4, “when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
One of the hardest things for me as a fundamentalist preacher is taking a Biblical stand against those whom I love, whom I'd call “friends,” those whom I admire and even those I consider my family. It hurts my heart, truly. And yet, I am betwixt on the matter. In my heart, there's a part of me that says to just go along to get along, play my cards right, say all the right things, try not to offend anyone and fit in with everyone else. But then there's the fighting fundamentalist spirit in me, which is the Holy Spirit of God, that realizes I must choose between the praise of God verses the praise of men (John 12:42-43), and I also must give account one day at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
And so I find myself apologizing to those whom I love sometimes, for offending them, even though I know in my heart that I am 100% correct in my position. 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.” That means if you're not RUDE IN SPEECH as a preacher, you're a lousy preacher!!! Sometimes I am right in my position (doctrinally), but wrong in my disposition (how I take a stand). This is 10,000 times better than being right in my disposition (how I take a stand), and being wrong in my position (doctrine). And so, I sometimes apologize to preachers for my disposition, but never for my position. I may be rude in speech, but not in knowledge.
Many of the deadly false doctrines being taught in churches today comes directly out of the modern Bible versions, specifically the Alexandrian texts made popular by Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort. Over 90% of today's Bible revisions are translated from the Alexandrian texts. I know preachers who despise me for my stand against them for their use, promotion and support of the modern versions. As Christians we need each other, but the Devil ruins everything, doesn't he. I've literally heard Bob Jones University graduates call the King James Bible ONLY crowd “a cult.” No my friends, you have been fooled by the Devil. It's a serious issue folks, because if you're wrong on the Bible, you're going to be led astray on various issues. The greatest damage will happen to the next generation. You can buy the satanic English Standard Version (ESV) in BJU's campus bookstore. God only authored ONE BOOK!
I'll give you an example. Respectfully, a local Baptist pastor said on the church's radio station that we ought to confess our “sins” one to another. He was quoting from James 5:16 in one of the modern Bible versions. The King James Bible says “faults.” Would you walk up to a married man in church and say, “Brother, forgive me, I just commit adultery with your wife in my mind?” You'd be missing some teeth if you did. Obviously we are not commanded Biblically to confess our “sins” to each other. Do you see how the modern Bible versions corrupt people's thinking and doctrine. If a pastor in the church can go astray so easily, then pray tell me, how can the congregation be right? For exposing such evils, I am hated and despised by many pastors, Christians and the Bob Jones crowd. Although I love them dearly, I have to stand for what I see as truth.
Sometimes I preach (write articles) the way I do to get people's attention, and I know that greatly offends some people, when it hits home, but it is because I love them in the Lord and am trying to sincerely help them. For that I am sometimes despised and looked down upon by other Christians. I really think most pastors despise me because they know that I am 100% correct. It is much easier to label someone who's telling you the truth as a “nut,” then concede that you may actually be wrong. Some people have the attitude, “How dare you criticize Bob Jones University!” Well, someone's got to do it! If I don't take a stand against their heresy, then who will? They are wrong on the Holy Bible! They think God wrote multiple Bibles! BJU supports the Textus Receptus (King James Bible) and the Alexandrian texts (all the modern corrupt Bibles), which are drastically different from each other!!! How can BJU support multiple Bible versions? I am very humble in this matter, and am torn asunder between my love for the truth and my love for fellow believers. The hardest thing for me as a fundamentalist preacher is taking a stand against those whom I love with all my heart.
Did you know that the New International Version (NIV) 2011 differs by 38.8% from the NIV 1984? No kidding. And don't you dare defend your other modern version, saying that you don't like the NIV, because there's not a dime's difference between them. All modern Bible versions contain the same exact corruptions as each other, with slight variations to obtain a legal copyright. What is wrong with pastors today? What is wrong with the churches? I'll tell you, they truly don't love the truth. This is why Jesus said that no man can serve God and mammon (money).
The average Baptist pastor sees the dangers of Catholicism, but doesn't expose it. The average pastor sees the danger of denying the deity of Christ, and a few preachers expose that. But very few preachers see and expose the dangers of the modern Bible versions. I'm probably the biggest critic of the modern versions, and gladly so. If you search online for “corrupt Bibles,” my website appears first on Google. I know the Lord is proud of me for that. I hate being the bad guy, I really do. I hate being hated. I don't like having pastors mad at me. I don't like being outside the gate. I want to be loved, rather than despised. People in churches don't usually mind if you expose error, until it hits home, then LOOK OUT!!! My online ministry doesn't step on toes, I mash on toes! I am sharp with my words. I AM RUDE IN SPEECH, like the Apostle Paul in 2nd Corinthians 11:6.
In essence, the following Scriptures tell us as Christians to expose false prophets who add works to the Gospel. In this case they added the practice of circumcision. The Bible says they insincerely served God for gain. Although I wouldn't fully apply the following passage to neo-evangelical Baptist churches today, it does apply to a certain degree. That is, today's pastors are getting paid to do what they do, so they want to fit in with mainstream evangelicalism, wherever it leads. Is this not to some degree the same evil? The modern Bible versions clearly attack the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and I have a big problem with that, and so should you...
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.”
I want to be loved. Due to my health, having chronic neck pain all the time, I live in a lonely world. People don't understand how I feel inside. I look fine outwardly. You cannot see nerve damage and burning, sharp radiating pain, stiff neck tension, tingling and numbness. Yet, I praise God for the majority of my health that I still have. I saw a lady in the shopping mall the other day with no legs. I am not feeling sorry for myself. God is so good to all of us. Albeit, I sure wish the Lord would come back today! Despite my imperfections and all that I've endured, having burdens that will never go away, by God's grace I'm going to stand as long as I can, as much as I can, wherever I can, to whomsoever I can, until my precious Lord and Savior takes me home to Heaven. And bless God, the King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!!!
Kindly, and lovingly, we've got a bunch of self-righteous hypocrites in our churches today. I know Bob Jones graduates who go to church every Sunday faithfully, without fail, but couldn't care less about the purity of God's Word. They support filth like this! In their religious worldview, they esteem themselves as faithful Christians, but they are being led astray by Satan to support the New World Order through Zionism, fake Bible versions and the Devil's plan of Lordship Salvation. I want to be loved. I want friends. I want to fit in, so to speak. But my first allegiance and loyalty is to the Lord Jesus Christ, and not some big building that reads “church” outside. Many Baptists are no better than Roman Catholics, who elevate the church above the Word of God, evidenced by their acceptance of the satanic modern Bible versions. Jesus said NO MAN can serve God and mammon (money). It's one or the other. I've never made, asked for, nor received a penny for my labors for the Lord. And so, as much as I am lonely often, and my life frustrating often, standing alone for what I believe is right, I will be the bad guy for the Lord Jesus Christ. 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.”
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”