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PAULS REBUKE



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THE MOBILE MINISTRY AND THEIR SUPPORT

The ministry that labours in the word and doctrine is entitled to be supported. 1 Corinthians 9:1-24 “Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. My defence to those who examine me is this: Do we have no right to eat and drink? Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?

Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock? Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”

“If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things? If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more?”
2 Co 11:8 I robbed other congregations taking wages of them, to do you service.

Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ. Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

The Lord’s servants have a right to expect to be supported as Paul teaches in his letters. He makes it abundantly clear that the Ox that treads out the corn is not to be muzzled.

To be able to give with confidence however we need to know that the Holy Spirit is doing the sending. We should pray about where our money needs to go instead of just putting it into a bag and leaving it up to the pastor. It’s a spiritual act where we honour the Lord with our substance. Ask Him and He will tell you who to give it too.

Mobile Ministry in turn must know that the Holy Spirit is leading them. The Lord will always take responsibility for those He sends. He owns the field (world). He provides the seed to be sown. The increase is His and not there to be manipulated by men with an agenda. He is the source of every supply.

Where He leads He feeds. Having said that, there’s another twist, as the issue is not just about whether we have the where withal to go, but that God told us to go; then as Paul says “Woe is me if I don’t”. 1 Cor 9:16-18 RSV “For if I preach the gospel that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

Supporting the servants the Lord sends into our lives is proper.
Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Luke 13:35. The Lord is not just referring to Himself here. But to everyone that He sends.


Our failure to receive those that Christ sends will impoverish us; as well as rebuff the Lord who sent them.
It never ceases to amaze me how mindlessly people hand over their hard earned money. How often we have sent money to TV ministries here and abroad, only to find out that they were not worthy of our support? The Crystal Cathedral is so deep in debt that they had to file for protection from the US Govt, to bail them out. Think of Ted Haggard for a moment and New Life Fellowships who brought him to our shores twice.

In most cases those called to Mobile Ministry, are fearful of financial hardship so they elect to stay in the comfort zone of a pulpit with the unscriptural position of “Pastor” (N). The great question for these individuals is, “Can I trust the Lord for my support”? The answer is most can’t. For the wives of these men the thought of leaping into faith is more than they can bear. Who’s going to pay the mortgage, the car payments; the children’s education; the frequent junkets to “conferences”? Who will pay for all the perks and fringe benefits?


And if it doesn’t work out the idea of stepping back into the secular is unimaginable so they just stay put. That’s why we have Pastors just getting by on less than 50 people. If you’re concerned about going hungry in the service of the Lord, the best way to avoid it is don’t do it unless you’re certain He telling you too, because where He leads He feeds. To be sure some wives have good reason to be canny about their man’s aspirations of greatness. Some brothers after being bitten by the Pastor bug have solved their problem by sending their wives out to work so they can pursue their dream.

If you’re a roaring success in the pulpit the benefits are undeniably substantial; look at Brian Tamaki in his mansion; on his Harley Davidson; or cruising on the Waitemata. Imagine obese Pete Mortloch riding on his Jet Ski which the saints gave him for Xmas? Oh how chuffed he must have been when he saw it gift wrapped on the platform that Sunday.

These super saints have a battle on two fronts; whether to obey the Lord or yield to their addiction for more power and influence. Others have wives who are just egotistical as their Pastor Husbands, many preach far better than their man; while not a few can sing to boot.

These entrenched professionals are “the cork in the bottle”. They stunt the spiritual growth of saints young and old. Their position is unscriptural. This form of government needs to be dismantled. It produces conceited dictators and creates spiritually dependant saints.
Well may “Their Kingdumbs come to naught”. Jesus said “I hate the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes” and if He hates it so should we.

The glory of young men is their strength. If expression is not given to them in their ghetto many take matters into their own hands. Who can blame them when they are bombarded with a constant stream of leadership conferences, where they are exhorted maximize their potential to the limit. This type of rhetoric is impressed upon them relentlessly. Now we have a dichotomy in religious systems; Churches are being run by middle aged men on the wrong side of 50 who are beginning to feel their age; and infantile men and women on the other side.

I met a young man in Taupo NZ who was off to Trinidad Tobago with his family. They needed money so he told his wife to phone around to drum up monthly support. What a coward, shame on him as he hid behind her skirt while she went to work begging.

He told me surfing in the Caribbean was great, (he had already had a stint there living on the generosity of saints in NZ) upon receiving this valuable piece of information I squeezed my hand around my wallet a little tighter.

Young men should curb their zealous aspirations to go ‘full time’. If they are married they should work “full time” and provide for their families; and raise their children in a godly home. “Do you have a good Sunday school for children one couple asked me” When I inquired “whose children in particular are you talking about” they said “Ours”. I replied if God gave them to you “don’t you think you should go home and teach them yourself”.

First the natural and then the spiritual:
In the Middle East a revolution is currently taking place before the eyes of the world on TV. Read Plato’s Republic and you will quickly find that every totalitarian regime down through history was overthrown by the people they oppressed. It matters not whether they were political or religious regimes. Our present civilization is going the same way.

I would that true saints would begin to pray with one another, and that we would search our hearts, then after, but not before, begin a concerted effort to confront these Spiritual Judases and bring them to account spiritually concerning what they are doing. We have the means via social networks. By internet, Utube, twitter and text believers should exhort each other to withhold their money from these parasites and ask God what He wants us to do with it. Then stand back and see if God is really behind what these men are doing.

Refuse to support these money lovers for just 4 months 120 days to see if God will sustain their empires. Don’t you want to be sure you not putting your hard earned money into pockets with holes in? They tell us from the pulpit that God will take care of us. Lets see if will take care of their Kingdumbs.

Another monumental problem in Present Religious Systems is that charismatic individuals have cemented themselves in a pulpit for the purpose of gathering to themselves as many followers as they can. The turnover that these religious enterprises generate runs into multiplied Millions annually.

\Money is power; and power corrupts. Who needs God when you have money to do your bidding? Feed an appetite until it’s full and you will never satisfy it, you will only increase it. This applies to food, alcohol, sex, pornography, gambling and drugs. And the love of money is at the root of it all. These minsters don’t just fleece their flocks; they strip the wool off their backs while they cry “never enough”.

Please don’t imagine this is only happening in America. They are all around us in New Zealand and Australia.

I wonder what Paul would think of the today’s pastors as he watched them work their flocks from the pulpit like barking sheep dogs. Ezekiel 34:3 ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: ye feed not the flock, and the sick you have not visited. But the good shepherd makes His flock to lie down in green pastures. He sets a table before them in the presence of their enemies, their cups run over with mercy and blessing.

Finally be very clear on this point that great needs never constitute the call to service. The Lord’s personal call must always precede the work to be undertaken, only then is the supply guaranteed. Why don’t you stop sending out subtle newsletters to try and raise money to do your thing? God’s not broke?

Regardless many will go ahead and make their own arrangements for their support; pleading that their case is a special one, and end up going where they have no right to be.


I have a friend who sold his house at his wife’s insistence and built a church for himself with the money. It certainly eliminated any concerns he had about having to trust God, don’t you think?

A Maori brother told me that his denomination has never had a movement since it got the constipation; I think he was absolutely right.

 


PAULS REBUKE HEBREWS 5: 10-14.

Hebrews 5:11-14. Concerning him I have much to say, and much that is hard to make clear to you, because you have grown dull of hearing. And this too, although you ought by this time to be teaching others, you still need some one to teach you the very rudiments of divine revelation. You need milk, not solid food. For every one who feeds on milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness. He is still an infant. But solid food is for adults, that is, for those who by constant practise have their faculties trained to discriminate between good and evil. (MNT)

Its not that the truth is so complicated; the trouble is with men who take the wrong attitude due to their biased religious backgrounds. Matt 13:14-15; Acts 28:27.

You have been professed Christians long enough to be teachers by now, but because of your laziness and dullness in grasping the truth you have to be taught a second time “the first simple doctrines of Christ”. You have not grown up at all; you are like unweaned babes v12. I Cor 3:2; I Peter 2:2.
Milk feeding was a metaphor used by many writers to express the first principles of religion and science. They applied suckling to learning; infant to a beginner, and meat to those who had learned the first principles of truth

Two characteristics of babes are:-
They are dull of hearing
They are unskilful in the word

Two characteristics adults are:-
They are capable of receiving instruction
They have an ability to discern
V14 of full age, grown up spiritually:

Having their senses exercised by reason of use. Like a fully fit gymnast they have ability; and are fit enough to make right judgement on spiritual matters.

Ch 6:1. In view of your lack of progress you need to grow up and leave the baby stage; and move on and behave and act like adults. We build on the foundations that have already been laid in the fundamental doctrines of Christ.

This will we do if God permit.
These foundational truths are your building permit.
Without one your building will not pass inspection, it will be condemned. Your spiritual life will implode.

 
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