A Living Dog Is Better Than A Dead Lion
By David J. Stewart | June 2019 | Updated January 2020
Ecclesiastes 9:4, “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”
I am tired and discouraged as a Christian, but I am determined in the Lord to keep on keeping on. Even though my life has been a train wreck, and I suffer daily in relentless bodily affliction (dull neck pain and burning nerves) from an old neck injury from 1992, I know that God is with me. Even though I am constantly discouraged that I cannot find a wife for companionship, I know God is with me. One of the most discouraging things in my life is the apostate local Guam 'Harvest Baptist Church' in my neighbourhood—who have rejected, ostracized, shunned and despised me since 2014 (because I faithfully told the truth that there is only one Holy Bible and only one Gospel). Kindly, I will stand alone if I have to, until my last dying breath—for the inspiration of the King James Bible, and the simplicity of the Gospel. I am a living dog!
I am also a hurting dog, and a hurting dog barks! Ar-ruff-ruff! Harvest (aka, the Bob Jones University camp on Guam) are a continual negative influence upon me, compelling me not to care anymore as a Christian, just like they don't care. They don't care about the purity of God's Word. They don't care about the accuracy of the Gospel. They don't care about people like me. They only care about their select few, as a cult does. Even their former pastor mentioned the term “secret society” while baptizing a woman in 2014, because she made a big deal about not just attending the church, but being a “voted-in” member. Harvest is the biggest church on Guam, influencing thousands of people in the region, a gateway to the Micronesian islands and Asia. Therefore, what they do and teach at Harvest is everyone's business!
Why I Am Infatuated And Frustrated With Harvest Baptist Church On Guam
To understand my infatuation and frustration with Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, you need to understand my roots. I am a graduate of Hyles-Anderson College (1985-1993). Many of my Bible professors, including the longtime former president of HAC, Dr. Wendell Evans (whom I love and respect), are graduates of Bob Jones University. So, indirectly, they are my camp! I was trained to serve God by the Bob Jones University crowd, but with the blessed addition of Pastor Jack Hyles' fighting fundamentalist spirit, and verbally-inspired King James Bible only position. Before there was a Hyles-Anderson in 1972, the First Baptist Church of Hammond sent all their young people to Bob Jones University for ministry training. So when I attended Harvest Baptist Church for a year in 2014, I felt like I was home. I felt like I belonged. No where else on Guam feels that way to me. BJU opened their doors in 1927. The college claims they have not changed, but THAT IS THE WHOLE PROBLEM! Dr. Hyles changed, because he saw what Satan had done, using Bible professors to shake the faith of young people in the inspiration of God's Word. Sadly, BJU hasn't taken a stand against the literally HUNDREDS of English Bible revisions which have been published.
Unfortunately, at the time I attended Harvest in 2014, I was not aware of the long-time battle between the Bob Jones camp and the King James Bible only camp. Pastor Jack Hyles preached his classic sermon titled: “THE BATTLE OF THE AGES” in 1994, a year after I graduated. I didn't hear that sermon until 2017. I was not aware that Pastor Peter Ruckman was at odds with Bob Jones University over the Bible. I didn't know that he had a bachelors, masters and doctorates degree from BJU! Dr. Ruckman (1921-2016) rightly calls Bob Jones University “CULT HEADQUARTERS.” They are a fountainhead of the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts (i.e., the 1881 heretical Greek text of Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort). This is important stuff! 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.” So my battle with Harvest since 2014 goes far deeper than a mere feud between me and them; but rather, it is another conflict in THE BATTLE OF THE AGES between incorruptible seed and corruptible seed!!! (please listen to Dr. Hyles classic sermon if you want to understand what I just said).
It was my fallout with Harvest's incompetent pastors in 2014 that compelled me to research the matter, and I discovered that the issue goes much deeper than I realized. I already knew that Dr. Hyles long ago corrected the King James Bible in his early ministry (which he admits was wrong), but in 1982 He changed his position to that of King James Bible only (two years after Dr. John R. Rice went to Heaven). I sincerely believe that God wanted me to become aware of this matter, because He needed someone to champion the cause. ...
“God always finds
someone to champion the cause.”
—Pastor Jeff Owens, a needful quote from the sermon: “Who Cares Anyhow?”
Had Harvest's pastors not confronted me on this issue, I never would have discovered all this truth. Pastor Hyles position on the King James Bible strengthened over time, much more after I graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in 1994. Brother Hyles preached another needful classic sermon after I graduated called: “THE REAL BATTLE.” I am so thankful that I was able to hear and preserve these positional sermons on the inspiration of the King James Bible. There is NOTHING today any more important than the beliefs that we have a 100% verbally inspired, perfect, infallible, preserved, Holy Bible. If any one verse in the Bible is in error, it could be any one of them! That is the big argument which Dr. Ruckman rightly makes—by raising up a second authority, the Devil necessitated the need for a third authority, which is manmade scholarship. Don't you tell me that our omnipotent God has left His VERY PURE WORDS (Psalms 119:140), in the mortal human hands of Hebrew and Greek scholars! If that be true, then we are at the mercy of educated men! If that be true, no one really knows what God said, because scholars disagree on nearly everything!
May I say, I truly love them at Harvest with a capital “L.” God knows my heart. I pray for them all upon every remembrance of them. If they could only know my heart of love, concern and wanting to bear my brother's burden. I wish I could teach a series of Bible classes, but I doubt if they'd ever let me because of our doctrinal differences. I'd teach: “What Is The Gospel?” I'd teach: “The Authority Of The Inspired King James Bible.” I'd teach: “The Holy Bible and the New World Order.” A good Bible teacher will have the audience on the edge of their seats wanting more. The Holy Bible is an absolutely intriguing and fascinating book if it is taught properly, always looking for Jesus in prophecy, “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10b). I'm not looking for the undertaker, bless God, I'm looking for the Uppertaker!
I just noticed the other day that a new large “Buddhist Living Center” is being built on Marine Drive (a block south of the ITC building). I sincerely think I'd find more love over there, than I would at Harvest. Something is wrong with the leaders, church members and staff at Harvest, that they only selectively care about others. If pastors want respect, they need to be respectable! By default pastors are to be respected, but when they start teaching that there is more than one Holy Bible, and none of them are inspired, and that faith alone is not sufficient to be saved, then they need to be criticized and exposed as liars! I'm talking about Bozo clowns in the pulpit like John MacArthur, Ray Comfort, Ravi Zacharias and Stephen Davey (all devil-dog preachers whom Harvest Baptist Church has promoted at one time or another). I say that kindly with God's love. I also heard Harvest promoting apostate Pastor Josh McDowell on their radio program, who teaches that faith alone is not enough to be saved. FAITH IS ENOUGH! Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”
The teaching that we are saved BY GRACE and THROUGH FAITH, but not BY FAITH is a strange doctrine! The truth is that if you realize you're a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God (Romans 3:19-20), and you place your faith (reliance) in Jesus Christ (John 6:47)—the only begotten Son of God Who died on the cross to pay for your sins, was buried, and physically resurrected three days later—you are saved! (1st Corinthians 15:1-6). FAITH ALONE IS SUFFICIENT TO SAVE! Repentance is automatic, which is why the Gospel of John mentions the word “believe” 87 times, but there is no mention of the word “repent.” What saith the Scripture? Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” We read in John 1:17, “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
I used to listen to Harvest's KHMG 88.1 FM radio station all the time, and enjoyed the music and edifying truths, but I stopped listening to Harvest radio in 2017, when their cold-hearted pastors refused to grant me permission to come back to attend church services. Well, as Peter told Simon (the former sorcerer), they can perish with their US FOR AND NO MORE cult-like attitude! It was too painful to hear their radio station, because my heart wanted to be with them at church, but they wouldn't have me anymore. A genuine New Testament church DOESN'T filter out only the people whom they like, that's what a religious cult DOES! You're in! You're out! I really have a problem with wealthy religious snobs! Brother Hyles is right that businessmen are destroying churches all across America, because they prioritize money over THE TRUTH! A hen-pecked pastor is a disgrace to the clergy. One of Pastor Jack Hyles' FIVE life-long decisions that he made in his first pastorate was that: “NO ONE WILL EVER MESS WITH MY PREACHING!” I say Amen to that!
I appreciate my web visitors bearing with my emotional rants online in recent months. My chronic neck pain (since 2004) and medications affect me (especially late at night for some reason). The drugs heighten my emotions. I tend to cry more easily. I tend to talk a lot once I get started. When I get upset I get vocal, but am harmless otherwise. I get emotional. Some guy at the Laundromat got upset with me for putting my laundry basket next to him, so I got a bit vocal. Since I know I get emotional, and can be harsh in my words, I simply told a complete stranger that I loved him and walked away. That's better than telling him off. I just decided long ago that I am going to LOVE EVERYBODY, no matter what!!! God is love!
Blessed is the man who has a friend.
More blessed is the man who is a friend.
Most blessed is the man who both is and has a friend!
Everyone needs a church family. The local church is our family in the Lord. We have some of our family in the Lord here on earth, and also some family up in Heaven. Ephesians 3:14-15, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,” Brother Hyles said in a book where Dr. David Gibbs Jr. interviewed him, that the first family was the first church. As the population grew, and cities were built, and families moved away from each other, the need arose for surrogate families away from home. Hence the New Testament local church, which is our surrogate family. I love that truth. I have been lonely without a church family, because of the sinful prejudice and grudge-holding by the people at Harvest Baptist Church since 2014. Romans 14:10, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” All I have ever humbly requested is to sit in church services, to be a part of a Christian family; but they have repeatedly turned me away. Where dwelleth the love of God?
I am looking for a Christian wife. I get really depressed sometimes being alone. I have never done good by myself, I go into long bouts of depression, and stay inside the house, down on myself. I worry about myself sometimes. I long for companionship, for someone to talk and share life with, and do fun things together (like go to favorite restaurants, walk around the shopping mall and hold hands). I saw a couple arguing in the grocery store and wished I had someone to argue with. That is how lonely I feel. I often feel depressed because I don't know where to find a wife. I have a closed-off personality, a recluse by nature, and I've always been that way. It's hard to be an extrovert when you are an introvert. I get too scared to talk to women, and when I do miraculously find the courage, they don't like me. I was really intrigued with the thought of meeting someone at Harvest, thinking I can find a quality woman there, but they have counted me their “enemy” since 2014, and it discourages me. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
We are living in increasingly frightening perilous times of apostasy (2nd Timothy 3:1-7), and with each passing day I find myself just wanting to stay indoors and avoid the world. Jesus said in Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” I find myself tempted not to care anymore either, just like the folks at Harvest, but I know that is wrong. I need to keep my eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ instead, and not look at people, lest I become disappointed. Still, when you don't have a church family, it's hard. I cannot think of anything more discouraging as a Christian than to be ignored, rejected, shunned, despised and ostracized by a local church that once embraced you as their own! Many people at Harvest only go there because they have a child enrolled into their schools. I guarantee you that 90% of the pastors and staff would be gone with the wind if the money dried up! Am I such a horrible man for admitting that I hope to find a Christian woman to marry? Dr. Hyles is correct in saying that most of the Christian life is rooted in selfishness. We pray because we want something. We serve God because we want rewards. Much of what we do is for self, and that is not a bad thing, as long as we obey God.
Anyway, not one of their SEVEN pastors at Harvest have the backbone to come talk with me, to resolve our dispute. I went to them, now it's their turn. I might as well wait for a golden panda to parachute out of the sky. Oh look, there's a golden panda...lol. I wanted to make peace, but nooooo, we're going to continue THE BATTLE OF THE AGES! I once heard my mentor of the Christian faith, Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001), say that any church which denies the inspiration of the King James Bible is not a real church. I have to agree with him. How can any group of believers call themselves “a church” while denying that the Holy Bible is inspired that we hold in our hands? I am not trying to be unkind, nor make enemies, but that is what I believe to be the truth. I will fight until my last dying breath for the inspiration of the King James Bible. I say that kindly.
I am Just a Nobody, But I Am a Somebody in Jesus!
The Bible says that a living dog is better than a dead lion. Ecclesiastes 9:4, “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Dr. Jack Hyles (my hero) was a lion of the Christian faith, but he is gone on to Heaven; I am just a dog in comparison of the Christian faith, but I am still alive on earth, and able to fight the good fight of faith, and uphold the truths for which Brother Hyles gave his blood, sweat and tears! I will continue to be a “CHAMPION” for the inspiration of the King James Bible, as Brother Hyles proclaimed he would be, because a living dog is better than a dead lion. I am so very tired in my body and soul.
I have stenosis and radiculopathy in my neck, which I was diagnosed with in 2004. Those are big fancy medical words for constant chronic pain in my neck, and radiating pain and burning in my nerves throughout my body. My neck problems began with a severe bus accident in 1992, while voluntarily driving a church bus for the Lord, at the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. My driver's seat was broken off its hinges after being rear-ended by another bus. Someone had left an abandoned car on the highway, which caused the accident, involving three buses. I have no regrets for driving a church bus for 4 1/2 years. I am so glad that I wasn't injured driving a beer truck. A workplace injury (falling down a 15 foot high mail-slide at the U.S. Postal Service) in 2004 worsened my condition, which was a blessing in disguise so I could get disability. My health afflictions subdue my spirit and stifle my ambition to go anywhere or do anything, which makes doing anything more difficult. I am not complaining, God knows my heart. I count my blessings every day, when I read the horror stories of what others are enduring. Fellow Christians don't understand how my chronic neck pain and related prescription medications affect my mood, and they don't cut me any slack, which is difficult, but my love for them is unconditional. My burdens are my burdens. Pray for me my friends. And, Thank you!
Just chalk it up anyone who is reading this—I am a Pitbull for the Lord, championing the inspiration of the King James Bible. Go ahead you prophets of Balaam, call me “a cult” (as the shameful pastors did at Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, who are the shameful Bob Jones University crowd). I am just a dog for the Christian faith, but I am hungry to preach THE TRUTH, and I have a loud bark for the Lord. I'm not going to let my bite go of the Devil's leg! The leash is off! Ar-ruff-ruff! I love you all in the Lord!!! Jesus is precious!
The Battle Of The Ages (Dr. Jack Hyles, preached 1994)
1st John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Philippians 3:2, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.”
“Faith is the only righteous thing
that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalms 51”
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