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05/11/16 
 
 "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Sower?"

Continuing the series on Jesus' parables today's teaching is on The Parable of the Sower (also known as the Parable of the Four Soils).  This teaching is found in Matthew 13:3-9;Mark 4:2-9; and Luke 8:4-8. After presenting this parable to the multitude, Jesus interprets it for His disciples in Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:13-20; and Luke 8:11-15. 

The Parable of the Sower is in regards to a sower who scatters seed, which falls on four different types of ground. The hard ground “by the way side” prevents the seed from sprouting at all, and the seed becomes nothing more than bird food. The stony ground provides enough soil for the seeds to germinate and begin to grow, but because there is “no deepness of earth,” the plants do not take root and are soon withered in the sun. The thorny ground allows the seed to grow, but the competing thorns choke the life out of the beneficial plants. The good ground receives the seed and produces much fruit.

Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Sower highlights four different responses to the gospel. The seed is “the word of the kingdom.” The hard ground represents someone who is hardened by sin; he hears but does not understand the Word, and Satan plucks the message away, keeping the heart dull and preventing the Word from making an impression. The stony ground pictures a man who professes delight with the Word; however, his heart is not changed, and when trouble arises, his so-called faith quickly disappears. The thorny ground depicts one who seems to receive the Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures, and lusts; the things of this world take his time and attention away from the Word, and he ends up having no time for it. The good ground portrays the one who hears, understands, and receives the Word—and then allows the Word to accomplish its result in his life. The man represented by the “good ground” is the only one of the four who is truly saved, because salvation’s proof is fruit (
Matthew 3:7-8; 7:15-20).

To summarize the point of the Parable of the Sower: “A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.” An addition lesson is that “Salvation is more than a superficial, albeit joyful, hearing of the gospel. Someone who is truly saved will show the world without compromise and with the utmost sacrifice.”   They bear their cross and follow Jesus no matter the cost.  Our faith and Godly lives will bear much fruit and this will be accomplished by the "good soil" in the Parable of the Sower.
 
 
 
05/0516 
 
  "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Mustard Seed?"

We continue the series on the parables that Jesus taught.  This week the lesson is on the Parable of the Mustard Seed.  The purpose of the Parable of the Mustard Seed is to teach a concept to show the small and big picture in the message. Concepts, and analogies are used like birds, weeds, and growth, that are common, easily recognized, and usually representational of something else.  The reason that Jesus used parables is that parables teach a concept or idea by using word pictures.  Jesus used simple, yet powerful words and depictions to bring the message home and make it clear. In our modern day Jesus teachings are very powerful, and we can still understand the main point and concepts. The Parable of the Mustard Seed, covers many areas but still uses a singular message, which helps the reader know what Jesus was trying to teach.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is contained in all three of the synoptic gospels. However, the Gospel of Matthew provides us with the most peripheral information, as it includes one parable before and after the mustard seed parable, each teaching on the same subject. Each of the three parables: the weeds among the wheat, the mustard seed, and the yeast have six common elements in them, providing structure which helps us to interpret the individual parables. The common elements are (1) a similitude about "the kingdom of heaven," the earthly sphere of profession both true and false; (2) “a man,” Christ; (3) “a field,” the world; (4) “seed,” the Word of God or its effect; (5) ”growth” or “spreading,” church growth; and (6) the presence of evil, symbolized by weeds, birds of the air, and yeast.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed was taught in rhetorical hyperbole. Here, Jesus uses a shrub/tree coming from a seed (
John 12:24) to represent kingdom growth, consistent with other tree/kingdom references (Ezekiel 17:23 and Daniel 4:11-21). The seed’s growth attracts the presence of evil—depicted as birds (Matthew 13:4,19; Revelation 18:2)—to dilute the church while taking advantage of its benefits.

So, the picture painted in the Parable of the Mustard Seed by Jesus is of the humble beginnings of the church experiencing an explosive rate of growth. It grows large and becomes a source of food, rest, and shelter, for both believers and false professing individuals that seek to consume or take advantage of its benefits while residing or mixing among what was produced by the seed (
1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:7; 2 Corinthians 11:13;Galatians 1:7). In other words, Jesus predicts that, while the church will grow extremely large from just a small start, it will not remain pure. While this is not a condemnation of the "bigness" of modern Christianity, it does show us the greatest burden that comes with it. The Parable of the Mustard Seed is both a prediction and a warning. May we listen to its message.
 
 
 
Thanks to Mrs. Davis Florida Legislator's Not Drinking the Kool Aid
               
How God used a Rahab and Gideon in Kentucky to stop Satan and the homosexuals in their tracks in Florida
                        
 
As a Pastor it is a very difficult balance between loving someone and at the same time pointing out behavior that leads to sin.  I have not, nor has any pastor made up the concept of sin.  God has determined what is best for mankind and as servants and minister's of God, we are in the business of leading them to Christ to restore and save the human soul.  God has proclaimed that sin which entered into the world through Adam (Roman's 5:12) has separated men and women from Him.  It is very clear in the Bible that if we sin, we are separated from God.  The only acceptable reconciliation is the cross of Jesus Christ where He died for the sins of the world to reconcile us back to God.  The message is this:  If you die without the Lord Jesus as your Savior, you will have eternal death and punishment coming to you.  This includes any lifestyle, status, position, gender, race or religion.  Read at the bottom of this page for the plan of salvation to avoid eternal death.    
 
I am not a pastor to make up God's laws but rather to help relay them and quite frankly don't have a choice when it comes to picking which ones I like.  This current president has tried to do exactly what God says to NOT do in His word and that is add or change any of His laws.  We are to follow them and that's it.  Obama tried to play God and remake laws of nature, but it is going to backfire in a big way.  We already see it with states taking measures into their own hands.  I say this with the upmost sincerity, I feel sorry for Obama for messing with God's natural order of things. 
 
I recently sent a letter to the Mayor of Orlando Buddy Dyer where he personally performed gay weddings at the steps of city hall.  I wrote to tell him he is an elected official and that he could not pick and choose what causes he was going to support, and that he must remain neutral if there is a conflict for his office.  An elected official represents all the people and if he is going to perform a gay wedding then he must also preach the Bible in front of city hall as well.  He well knows as a mayor that millions are against gay marriage and yet went ahead and snubbed the people.  Imagine if he stood on the steps of city hall as an elected official and preached about Jesus and the uproar from the media and the gay community would be?  Mayor Dyer should be ashamed of himself. 
 
It is obvious that the world wide deception is at a fever pitch and every day Satan is trapping more and more people into believing all the lies he has conjured up and twisted from the word of God.  This time it's the lie that the lesbian, bisexaul, gay, and transgender (LBGT) lifestyle is legal and ok in God's eyes.  This is a topic I don't know where to start because there has been so much deception and lying and I can go on writing about it for days.  The fact is I don't have to write about whether or not this lifestyle is permissible or not with God.  I hope most Christians know what the Bible says.  Unfortunately though there are some wolves in sheep's clothing who have infiltrated our churches who refuse to obey God's position on it.  They are prime for judgment if they don't repent of their sins.  Pastor's nor Christians can make up their own personal agenda on the gay issue and expect God to be pleased. 
 
The fact is most of the LBGT community probably knows what the Bible says about this behavior as well, but they too do not accept it and refuse to abide by God's laws of nature.  All one has to do is read Roman's chapter's 1-2 and you will clearly see God's position on this choice of a lifestyle and the repercussions.  The big mistake pastor's and Christian's make is they try to defend the Bible as if they themselves wrote the rules, however, all Christians have to do is defer and refer back to the Bible and let any sinner know God said it and I abide by it. 
 
Well in this upside down world we're living in where good has become evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20) something really big and momentous has taken place in the great state of Florida.  The Florida legislator is not having any deception and lies from Satan or the LBGT's and rebuked all attempts of allowing the LBGT community to unlawfully sue or violate a Christian's convictions.  I can proudly say they "came out" and voted FOR House Bill No. 43, Chapter 2016-50.  Finally someone is not drinking the Kool Aid!  I have included details of the bill below. 
 
To Obama, the supreme court and LBGT community I have this to say to you directly from the words of Jesus Christ, the King of all kings and the messiah of this world:  "...the gates of hell will not prevail against my church."  The fact is that Obama the supreme court, and the LBGT community committed blasphemy by trying to make this a civil rights issue by comparing the LBGT lifestyle with that of the slave movement.  There is no comparison and I would be appalled If I am African American for them trying to use your suffering for their perversion.  I can't think of any nightly reports on the news where gays can't ride on buses, can't drink from community water fountains, are being hung from trees, are being beaten by the police with German shepherds, are segregated from society, are not able to work, recreate or live freely.  Actually it is to the contrary, they participate just like any other free American.  You see it's all deception to try to get laws passed so that the church and the message of Jesus becomes one of hate, persecution and powerlessness.  I have a message for the entire world:  It's not happening because Jesus will not permit it!  There are laws in place to protect all American citizens and this group should not any way get special privileges so that they can try to destroy the church. 
 
It is appalling that the Kentucky clerk of court, Kim Davis had to be used as pawn to punish anyone who disagrees with a lifestyle that goes against holiness.  This was a feeble attempt against a strong Christian woman to defy God.  Thank God for Kim Davis who acted like Deborah from the Bible in a precarious time for Christians.  
 
I want to personally thank Mrs. Davis for standing up for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and not Satan.  Mrs. Davis was in the same position as Jesus when Satan asked Jesus to betray God. Mrs. Davis was in the same position as the disciples of Jesus where they could have stood with Him or betray Him, but she chose Jesus.  I thank God Mrs. Davis was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Without this one person's convictions and sufferings, there would not even be a discussion about this new law enacted to protect Christian's.  I don't know Mrs. Davis, but I want to personally thank her. She has ignited a passion in me and to preach the truth no matter what.  When I tell my children of heroes in our world trust me, I won't be mentioning president's, athlete's or entertainers, but will tell of Mrs. Davis heroism.  This is a big win for the church and Christian businesses, but let me remind all Christians the battle for marriage has just begun. This is no time to let up.  Unfortunately it took Mrs. Davis being punished for this law to take birth.  If we had more Pastor's who had the courage and integrity of Mrs. Davis we probably wouldn't be in this position to begin with.  There is a lot of work to do to undue the moral mess that Obama has made.  We must show Obama and the government that we will not bow down to tyranny of any form. 
 
I am proud of the Florida legislator's who used extreme wisdom and prudence in enacting this law.  Unlike the supreme court who will be harshly judged for defying God, this Florida legislature will be honored as well as any other state who follows their path.  My request to all Christians is to please call the Florida Governor's office and the Florida Senate and thank them for passing this much needed law.  If anyone needs special protections right now from the government it is Christians and not the LBGT movement.  
 
Do you know the irony in all this?  Obama is the one who should be jailed for breaking the law by not enforcing it and telling his administration to not enforce marriage laws, and Kim Davis should be praised for following the law, which is the 1st amendment and her right.  A lawless president and a law abiding citizen, the law abiding citizen goes to jail.  This must never happen again in America!      
 
READ THE NEW FLORIDA LAW FOR CHRISTIANS & THE CHURCH HERE: 
 
CHAPTER 2016-50 House Bill No. 43
 
An act relating to churches or religious organizations; creating s. 761.061, F.S.; providing that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain individuals may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate a sincerely held religious belief; prohibiting certain legal actions, penalties, or governmental sanctions against such individuals or entities; providing an effective date.
 
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
 
Section 1. Section 761.061, Florida Statutes, is created to read: 761.061
 
Rights of certain churches or religious organizations or individuals.— (1) The following individuals or entities may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization, formation, or celebration of any marriage if such an action would cause the individual or entity to violate a sincerely held religious belief of the individual or entity:
 
(a) A church; (b) A religious organization; (c) A religious corporation or association; (d) A religious fraternal benefit society; (e) A religious school or educational institution; (f) An integrated auxiliary of a church; (g) An individual employed by a church or religious organization while acting in the scope of that employment; (h) A clergy member; or (i) A minister.
 
(2) A refusal to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges under subsection (1) may not serve as the basis for: (a) A civil cause of action against any entity or individual protected under subsection (1); or 1 CODING: Words stricken are deletions; words underlined are additions. (b) A civil cause of action, criminal cause of action, or any other action by this state or a political subdivision to penalize or withhold benefits or privileges, including tax exemptions or governmental contracts, grants, or licenses, from any entity or individual protected under subsection (1).
 
Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.
Approved by the Governor March 10, 2016.
Filed in Office Secretary of State March 10, 2016.
 
 
 
03/14/16
 
You Don't Lie Under The Moon For A Sun Tan
                                                                                                                                                        
Colossians 2:10
 
The statement Do not lie under the moon for a sun tan sounds a bit peculiar.  How absurd for one to actually think you can get a tan from the moon.  It will all make sense once I share this weeks sermon.  My sermon this week was from Colossians 2:10 "And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power."  The "Him" written here is Jesus Christ.  The point of not going to the moon for a sun tan is obvious.  You have to go to the source for a sun tan.  In this example it is of course, the sun.  Sounds obvious, but after working as a counselor and you hear some of the absurd choices people make it begs the question why do people do what they do?  The answer seems complicated, but in reality it is simple: Stop trying to be complete in something other than Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.
 
It is ludicrous to think you can get a sun tan from the moon, but it wouldn't surprise me these days.  Well it is just as ludicrous to think one can be complete in any other source than Jesus Christ.  You are 100% complete in Him and nothing less.  Running to any other source to be complete is just as much a waste as it is trying to get a sun tan from the moon.  An even harsher reality in relation to the Christian life and borrowing from the moon and sun analogy is, why would a Christian go to Satan (darkness) to be complete when you have the light (Jesus Christ) to complete you.  
 
Jesus is the head of all principalities and power.  There is no other source.  As a matter of fact Colossians 1:16 says that "For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions or principalities or powers all things were created by Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist."  Now try to justify putting your trust in anything other than Jesus after reading this verse.  That to me is a sobering and an eye opening reality that Jesus controls everything, even everything in the evil world.   You see Satan uses his limited power, schemes, fiery darts, deception, delusion, confusion, fortresses and lies to get us away from God's will or from ever learning about salvation.  He is a master at redirecting our energies from Jesus, and it seems to work with the majority of the world.  Jesus, however, came to bring those walls down that Satan put up and nailed it to the cross.  Jesus victory at the cross gives us full access to Him and His power.  Colossians 2:15 says "And having spoiled all principalities and powers He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." 
 
 
It truly baffles me how Christians are blinded by Satan and do not fully understand the new covenant that God made with man.  That command is found in Matthew 22:37 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."  How does one do that if their energies are in something else.  It is impossible to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and go to another source and do the same.  Again, why would anyone run from the source?  I will try to bring the message home by giving some pretty absurd examples here: If you are trying to get directions to travel why would you use a typewriter to give you directions?  Absurd?  If you are trying to save money for retirement why would you go to a casino?  Absurd?  If you are trying to lose weight why would you go to a buffet everyday?  Absurd?  If you need to fix your car why would you go to a physic?  Dumb, dumb, dumb is all I can think, and I hope you get the point.  We must use the right source completely. 
 
There are many people who have strongholds, are in addictions, bondage, self-destructive behaviors or living a life that does not glorify God.  The common thread is that they have all put their source in something other than Christ to complete them.   All one has to do is read what the Apostle Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 to understand which source to run to in order to have complete victory over any human challenge and to be complete in Christ.  "For though we walk in the flesh , we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
 
 
The title for this writing states that you shouldn't lie under the moon for a sun tan.  To sum up all I have been trying to say the last 2 weeks in regards to spiritual adultery and trusting something other than Christ to complete you lies in this powerful verse and should pretty much settle it.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not on thine own understanding.  In all thine ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." 
 
For us to be complete we must first ask what? and who? are we trusting.  When you are in Christ you are not 20% complete, 50% complete or 75% or even 99% complete.  No, you are 100% complete in Christ!  The next time you find yourself in a bind, lost, confused, misguided, feeling down, persecuted, alone, discouraged, overwhelmed and so on, ask yourself am I lying under the moon trying to get a sun tan? 
 
 
02/26/16 
I am My Beloved's and My Beloved is Mine
   A Message on Spiritual Adultery
 
This weeks message I will be preaching on the topic of spiritual adultery.  Spiritual adultery is a form of idolatry which is forbidden in the Bible.  Let's take a closer look at this topic so we can examine our lives and see if we are in any way guilty of it.  It is a dangerous place to be with God and we should deal with it immediately if we are to right with God and in His will.
 
Spiritual adultery is unfaithfulness to God and a love for the things of the world. It is cheating against a God who is faithful and would never do that to us.  Spiritual adultery is the same action as when one is unfaithful to their spouse: “‘But like a woman faithless to her lover, even so have you been faithless to me, O house of Israel,’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 3:20; see also Isaiah 1:21; 57:8; Ezekiel 16:30).  The Bible tells us that people who choose to be friends with the world are an “adulterous people” having “enmity against God” (James 4:4–5). The “world” here is the system of evil under Satan’s control (John 12:31;Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 5:19).  The world system, with its contrived and deceitful scheme of phony values, worthless pursuits, and unnatural affections, is designed to lure us away from a pure relationship with God. Spiritual adultery, then, is the forsaking of God’s love and the embracing of the world’s values and desires (Romans 8:7–8; 2 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:15–17).

Spiritual adultery includes any form of idolatry, and such was the case in the Old Testament where the children of Israel tried to mix the worship of other gods such as Baal with that of God (
Judges 3:7; 1 Kings 16:31–33; Jeremiah 19:5).  Israel was guilty of spiritual adultery and became like an adulterous wife who wanted both a husband and another lover (Jeremiah 9:2;Ezekiel 6:9; 16:32). In the New Testament, James defines spiritual adultery as claiming to love God while cultivating friendship with the world (James 4:4–5). The Bible boldly prohibits this behavior and clearly states you can not have it both ways. The person who commits spiritual adultery is one who professes to be a Christian yet finds his real love and pleasure in the things that Satan offers. For believers, the love of the world and the love of God are contrary to one another and should never be combined. Believers committing spiritual adultery may claim to love the Lord, but, in reality, they are captivated by the pleasures of this world, its influence, comforts, financial security, and so-called freedoms.

The concept of spiritual adultery against God is a major theme throughout the Old Testament (
Isaiah 54:5;Jeremiah 3:20; Ezekiel 16:15–19). This theme is illustrated especially well in the book of Hosea. The prophet’s wife, Gomer, symbolizes the infidelity of the children of Israel (Hosea 2:2–5; 3:1–5; 9:1). Hosea’s commitment to Gomer symbolizes God’s faithful, patient love with His erring people.

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (
Matthew 6:24). The Bible exhorts us, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:15–16). Believers must echo the words of the old hymn: “The world behind me, the cross before me; no turning back.”

“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (
1 Peter 1:14–16). Spiritual adultery is like trying to straddle the fence with one foot in the world and the other heaven.  Jesus warned the church in Laodicea, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15–16).

The love of the world is primarily an attitude of one’s heart and devotion.  A Christian can make things right with God by divorcing themselves from the world and by following the new covenant commandment in Luke 10:27to love God with all your heart soul, mind and strength. To avoid spiritual adultery, “set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (
Colossians 3:2, KJV).  When you think of marriage and the vows you took on the altar you didn't say if things go well then you will be faithful and love your spouse.  No, you made the commitment to be faithful and love that person for better or worse.  Why don't Christians and the church do the same? The question that remains in relation to the title saying "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine": Are you God's and is God yours?
 
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02/18/16 
"Woe to the Pastor's that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the Lord."  Jeremiah 23:1
 
This verse speaks for itself and depicts very strong words from the book of Jeremiah.  I would not want to be a Pastor during this church age and disobey the Lord and His commands.  The Lord is counting on Pastor's to bring people to repentance, build a pure relationship with him and present the church holy and without spot or blemish (Ephesians 5:27). The truth is there are countless Pastor's who are taking their position as a joke and are consciously committing blasphemy in the church and against His word.  Paul has given a clear directive in Titus chapter 1 that ALL Pastor's must be above reproach.  Every prophesy that has been given in the Bible has come true and not one has been missed calculated or wrong.  The prophesy given by Jesus in the Gospels, and by Paul, Peter, Jude, Titus, and John in Revelation about false Pastor's are also right on.  Read what each of these books has to say about false prophets and you will be amazed at their pin point accuracy.  The church is right smack in the middle of that prophecy today, and it is happening right before our eyes.  It is sickening what is taking place in the churches today between the fake prosperity gospel, fake healings, to the watered down grace message with no mention of repentance of sin or the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  
 
The church has become a place where the world culture has found its way into the doors of the church, including a place of recreation, entertainment, dating, gossip, filth, division and fellowship gatherings rather than the Holy House of God.  People don't go to church to get well spiritually anymore, but instead, what they go for is to feel good and get something out of it rather than something in it; and what's in the church is Jesus.  If Jesus were to give all of the churches a commendation or condemnation of each churches performance just like He did in the book of Revelation, most would receive a condemnation.  Both words sound similar but they are far from it.  A commendation is good news and a condemnation is bad news.  And who is to blame for this?  The Pastor.  The Pastor has been placed as the shepherd and gate keeper of that house called church and all its inhabitants.  The Pastor has been given a clear set of guidelines and rules from the books of Timothy and Titus to ensure nothing goes wrong in the church, and yet from what we see today the job performance of many are sub-par and poor and they should have gotten pink slips a long time ago.  Let's take a look at the expectation of a Pastor once he steps behind the pulpit. These letters are called Pastoral Epistles and outline his job.  2 Timothy 4:1-5 "I charge thee therefore God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom; Preach the word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves, teachers having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry" Titus 1:7 A Pastor must be the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot or unruly.  He must be blameless, as the steward of God, not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; but a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate.  Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.  For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision.  Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teachings things which they ought not, for filthy lucre sake."  
 
The list is just too long to list of what is taking place every day in churches around the world and the Pastor's leading the charge.  See if you can match up the list from Paul and Titus above with this list below.  Below is a short list to outline the heresy, apostasy and downright evil taking place right at the front door of the church.  
 
Woe to the Pastor's!!! 
1.) Having affairs with other woman, men and children
2.) Stealing from the church including tithes and offerings for their own gain
3.) Drinking and doing drugs and allowing this behavior to go uncontested in the church
4.) Performing homosexual and lesbian weddings
5.) Preaching false doctrine
6.) Preaching another Gospel
7.) Becoming celebrities
8.) Conforming to the patterns of this world
9.) Allowing perversion and sensuality from women in the church
10.) Allowing women to be ordained
11.) Allowing women to preach
12.) Allowing women to have authority over a man
13.) Allowing divorce uncontested
14.) Permitting division in the church
15.) Promoting mega churches and seeker sensitive congregations
16.) Living like Hollywood
17.) Playing worldly music in worship services
 
What are we to do if we are ever to bring the church back to holiness with the Pastor as the leader of this movement?   First and foremost we need to do background checks on all Pastors.  Second the church has to have the guidelines and roles and rules for a Pastor before hiring one.  Third, the church needs to demand sound preaching directly from the word of God and not some made up, story telling, watered down version of the Gospel.  The church needs to replace Pastor's who have fallen from grace (and yes forgive him) and give another godly, willing man a chance to do the job the right way.  The Pastor can remain once forgiven, but must remain in the pews.  The church must not compromise no matter what the truth of the Bible and remove anyone Pastor or person who tries to defile it.  If sin, forgiveness, repentance, the Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and grace and mercy are not preached, walk out of that church, it's false.  All of these are relevant and scriptural.  
 
Think about this for a moment.  Would you allow a doctor, dentist, cardiologist or surgeon perform work on you without qualifications?  Would you keep them as your doctor if they committed a crime or violated their code of ethics.  Well, hopefully you said no!  A Pastor's job is a much higher calling than any other vocation on planet earth.  They' re dealing with your eternal soul.  My prayer is that first Pastor's go back to basics and seek God's face and voice to see if they are even in God's will as a Pastor.  Is this really your calling?  Second, the Pastor needs to be able to preach from the Bible and take it as the final authority and not as a choice or opinion.  If the Bible says God is for it, He's for it, if God says in the Bible He's against it, He's against it.  We cannot pick and choose what we are going to obey and when.  Third, we are to preach the whole counsel of God and use no other manual period.   Pastor's don't have to re-invent the wheel.  The word of God and Holy Spirit does the convicting and the Pastor does the preaching.  
 
In the Psalm 23 Jesus gives a clear picture of His role as Shepherd.  If all Pastor's took on the same mind of Jesus during His ministry we wouldn't be in the crisis we are in at the church.  We need to be obedient and be counted on because man and government cannot do it.  To all Pastor's and churches who have read this summary: memorize this verse Jeremiah 23:1 and hold yourself accountable as a Pastor and those in the congregation, to the saints, hold the Pastor's accountable.  You will save them from a multitude of sins and woes.  The book of Titus will give all those reviewing a Pastor's qualifications the requirements to be a Pastor.  It also gives the members in chapter 2 how they are supposed to behave and live as Godly people.  Knowing these things will inevitably make the Pastor's job easier if everyone is in the will of God.  Pastor means shepherd: A person who protects, guides, and watches over a group of people.   Pastor's DON'T scatter the sheep or destroy them, but instead take care of them.  Everyone in the church should say the Pastor is like Jesus, and he is my Shepherd, I shall not want.  He leads me to Jesus Christ.  Here's my challenge to all Pastor's and those that are under His umbrella:  Read Jeremiah 23:1 every day and commit it to memory.  I think that's a good start!  Something to think about: Is your name the Pastor or Judas?