For standing against the Lord and the Bible, the award goes to………drum roll………Raphael Warnock, 2020 false pastor of the year.
It’s clear that many that stand in pulpits today have betrayed the Lord. We all get on Peter for denying the Lord during His trial before the leaders of Israel, but the Lord prayed for Peter that his faith fails not.
Peter stood out because he was an aggressive disciple of the Lord. Peter walked on water for a little while. Declared that Jesus is the Son of the living God, with the help of the Father, and was a part of the inner circle with John and his brother James, the sons of thunder.
After the resurrection of Jesus, Peter was a main figure. James was beheaded, John stuck around and gave us 5 books, the gospel, 3 general epistles, and the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Peter wrote 2.
Even after the betrayal of Jesus, Peter did exactly what the Lord prayed for. “And when you are converted, strengthen your brothers.” Peter warned about false teachers and prophets in 2 Peter chapter 2.
What’s in the making of false prophets and teachers?
First, some of them are not called of the Lord and entered the ministry through the back door. It turns out to be a vocation to appease the desire to change the social conditions surrounding them. To make a difference in society.
They get goose bumps and attend schools, gain a reputation, and then after a few breaks, doors opens for them. Just because you can talk, and have a great personality, it doesn’t mean that God called you.
Then there’s these false teachers and prophets that were saved, called by God, go through some ministerial training, get the breaks, and then they break away from the Lord, and end up where they are today.
On the “junk heap of ministry.”
After a while, they get discouraged, start listening or watching other strange preachers and they start believing their own mouths. They exalt themselves. They promote themselves, and next thing you know, they get on stage and people are mesmerized by their ability to connect to people.
Then some of them get suggestions.
You need to run for political office.
It sinks in. But in politics, you have to compromise. You can’t bring this Jesus you preach with you. Jesus must be left at the door. That Bible too.
They begin to change their message in the pulpit. It gets political in tone. Even to the point of betraying their Lord and the Bible.
And the people in the pews don’t know any better.
That’s why they’re called sheep.
Sheep don’t lead. Sheep are led.
You would expect that mature sheep would at least sound the alarm that the shepherd had a mental illness and had gone crazy.
Not in Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Their pastor is about to be “famous.”
The stage is set.
For Warnock, he’s the very kind of person the world wants.
The God of all creation, and the Bible is only a secondary or last resort. Or no resort at all.
The title of Reverend Dr., is only a get into the door with respect card.
A pastor must abandon Jesus and His Word to be accepted. Once you’ve shown that you’re willing to gain the whole world, you MUST lose your own soul.
False teachers and prophets have a pattern. They get into a complete rejection of the truth for personal expediency. Not realizing that death ends all pursuits. Fearless of death, they accept their assignment to infect many humans.
That sin doesn’t carry a penalty. If there’s no penalty, then with impunity, sin is committed. This is a false sense of security.
“Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days are prolonged, yet I surely know that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him. But it will not be well with the wicked; nor will he prolong his days, which are as a shadow, because he does not fear before God.”
Some of you are already thinking. “Why are you picking on this dude?”
No matter what, people will say that you’re doing this to “smear” him.
To smear a person means that you’re bringing false accusations to make a person look bad.
His own record isn’t a smear, nor is it false accusation.
His own record tells the story. The only thing that’s happening is that his own record is uncovered for all to see.
Warnock agrees with Jeremiah Wright. Fact. Not a false accusation.
Warnock said that his belief about abortion doesn’t conflict with his ministry. Fact. Not a false accusation.
Warnock agrees with “sexual orientation theory.” Fact. Not a false accusation.
These three indisputable things disqualifies him as a “reverend dr.” Because when you preach the Bible, you’re acknowledging that God is the Lord and what HE says is His commands.
You have every right to call it a political smear campaign if you believe that this is what you think it is.
But when you’re on the record, it can’t be called a smear campaign.
It’s called a truth campaign.
You can’t stop people from doing what they do, but when you’re called to sound the alarm, we have no choice but to sound the alarm.
Once the alarm is sounded, you either run, or you stay and get destroyed.
“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are punished.”
Is Warnock beyond help? Peter wasn’t. Even Judas could have said to himself, “I can’t do this.” But Judas betrayed Jesus anyway. Peter recovered. Remember also that the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart. And Pharaoh perished.
Even as Peter wrote in 2 Peter 2, that false teachers and prophets were made to be caught. As with many that even in the face of truth, will not turn from the wicked ways.