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What Say You?

Volume 42

October 2019

Number 10

Beloved:

Dr. Paige Patterson, former President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, once wrote: “Not only does the evangelist exercise unusual gifts in the presentation of the gospel, but also he often acts in the role of an Old Testament Prophet. No evangelist should ever enjoy the God-assigned task of rebuke and warning of judgment to come. Nonetheless, this PROPHETIC VOICE is a crucial responsibility that is often handled more effectively by an evangelist than by the local pastor. Therefore, these two responsibilities make the calling of an evangelist essential and unique” (The Shophar, December 1980, Vol. 4, No. 14, Page A-2). 

Pastors, teachers and evangelists abound, but PROPHETS have always been RARE and NOW are ALMOST EXTINCT. The PROPHET does not FIT into any of the neat little categories of the so-called CLERGY. He defies regimentation and cannot be catalogued. Barclay says: “The settled ministry began to resent the intrusion of these wandering Prophets who often DISTURBED their congregations.” THEY STILL DO!!!

The PROPHET is an anathema to established CONVENTIONAL WISDOM in any day or generation. An Elijah on Mt. Carmel , an Amos in Bethel, still upsets the STATUS QUO. The PROPHET is not welcome to the councils of the POWERS-THAT-BE in Church or State. He is NOT a great in HEROD’S PALACE but rather a PRISONER  in Herod’s PRISON (ask John the Baptist about this). He is not photographed with dignitaries, not invited to address the convention of BUSINESS-AS-USUAL. He is smilingly dismissed as CONTROVERSIAL by the SMOOTH BUREAUCRATS of the ECCLESIASTICAL MACHINE, who rest AT EASE IN ZION. “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1, KJV).

In these days of LANDMARK  REMOVAL (“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set”--Proverbs 22:28, KJV), the Church needs a PROPHET! WHAT SAY YOU

Beloved, Thank YOU for allowing our Lord Jesus to use YOUR Prayers and Gifts in this REVIVAL-EVANGELISM MINISTRY. Once again please know that I LOVE YOU dearly in our COMING LORD JESUS

Now a Word from HIS WORD: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly”--Psalms 84:11, KJV.

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