following is a sermon outline by Pastor Mike Paulson of Touchet, Washington
discussion will offend the Baptist Heritage boys who try to claim John the Baptist
and the Great Commission as private property of the Baptist Bride and all Fundamental
Baptists. It will also offend many pastors of all churches which exalt the Gospel
and refuse to feed the sheep.
sermon is also online in MP3 format at the link below. Other sermons in this context,
pressing us to teach the Epistles more, are also at the site.
is this heresy of preaching the Gospel instead of feeding
sheep taking over
Bible believing pulpits?
The answer, in the words of every wrestling promoter:
"A butt every 18 inches...."
Why do I say "heresy"?
Answer: Paul told the Ephesian elders, as the Apostolic Age
was nearing its
end, "Feed the flock of God...."
of you preachers do NOT feed sheep, you fleece sheep, and you try to fill the
pews with goats and get them saved. When you preach to sheep, you blast them for
not going door to door and pushing the numbers up. You drive them with threats
if they don't "win souls."
history, and the Pauline era, make it VERY clear that this was NOT how the early
church used their fellowship times. One pastors told me, "Anyone can teach,
but you have to be called to preach." What did he mean? He lied, for teaching
is one of the gifts given the Church along with preaching. So, "anyone"
cannot teach. It is just as dependent on the Holy Ghost as preaching. Furthermore;
this pastor gave away his hand. He does not really believe that feeding sheep
is the top priority. His week proves it. He spends very little time feeding sheep.
He keeps a goat herd instead so he can push the numbers up.
someone see this as a Grace Movement flight from the Gospel, it is very evident
that Paul told Timothy not to neglect the work of an evangelist, and that Paul
himself gave the Gospel. He did so on Mars Hill, and the church fathers write
of Paul's daily forays into the market place of Ephesus to witness. But, the work
of an evangelist today is done by traveling evangelists who witness in pulpits
for the offering money. You seldom hear of traveling evangelists who witness in
the market place. In fact, many of them do no witnessing outside of church houses.
Paul was NOT a hired gun who ran around his world getting paid to hype the saints
into a frenzy of soul winning.
Van Nattan-- Editor
conclusions are based on my very recent witnessing of the effects and preaching
on the Great Commission!
Truth about the Truth
Very Serious Dangers of Preaching the Great Commission
Our Churches Today
Pastor Mike Paulson
believe God has shown us His way more perfectly which is living WITH Christ
BEYOND the Great Commission!
is time to take a stand against this very serious and real enemy to the Bible
in our KJB churches!
There are many variations of
the Great Commission that are found in the pulpits all over America.
ALPHA, Pentecostal, Purpose Driven, Creeks, homeschool Curriculums, all major
denominations, all major 'modern' Churches, CCM and forms of music ministry &
even the many various and common churches, etc. Sadly, now more and more
of the King James Bible Believers are now preaching the Great Commission.
Why? Because it increases their attendance and fills their parking lot!
Yes, we are preaching Jesus Christ for salvation, as we should, so it apparently
makes sense to people to preach His teachings from the Gospels as well.
We are to learn and study Jesus Christ from Paul, NOT from Peter, James,
John or even Jesus from the Gospels. Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles
- so we are told to follow Paul - in fact, we will be judged by Paul's Gospel.
Jesus tells the Holy Spirit what we need to be told and then that is told to us
through that King James Bible - and even more specifically, from Paul's writings.
But this sermon isn't going to preach about Paul...
information is available in well over a year's worth of sermons on this website.
I want to just give you a short outline about the DANGERS of the Great Commission
Gospel that I Ihave repeatedly heard being preached in more and more King James
Bible Only churches - even our favorite 'old prophets' are preaching the
Great Commission now - and they didn't used to!
are just a few points about preaching the Great Commission today.
(and if you are not hearing about Paul and his writings in your
you are hearing about the Great Commission
whether you recognize it or not.)
I. It produces
a dead Christianity!
It ignores the times we are in!
- no joy from the people in our churches
- 'especially' the younger folks!
- guilt about not winning enough souls!
short sermons that are always about getting saved, being saved and leading someone
- emphasis on building buildings, etc. to get folks to come
- people follow the preacher man; people come because of the
man, church, programs, etc.!
- NO BOOK - they may carry and use the King
James but they don't turn the people to it nor do the people know how to understand
- the lack of rightly dividing increases the folks unto more ungodliness,
even if their action appears to be doing right, they are doing right wrong!
Preachers don't preach about separating from the world, etc. as we are commanded
- they preach 'increase' in numbers
- even though these are the days of apostasy today!
- we are in the Laodicean
hour of temptation, NOT the Philadelphian. Preaching about the great preachers
of the past just put folks on a guilt trip today!
- they are actually preaching
a false peace - something the antichrist is very good at!
IV. Keeps people confused, disappointed, guilty,
thinking they are not winning enough souls, etc.
- Movies; Music; appearance; testimonies; lack of modesty,
- people in these churches are abusing the strings that are attached
to our liberty
V. Lifts the local church above the Book!
- always preaching
at the people about their lack of winning souls because the church isn't full,
VI. They have NO Bible!
they are accused of not loving their church if they don't bring new folks in!
the church is their final authority!
- they are more concerned about the
pillar instead of the truth!
The pastors manipulate the crowd & deceive the hearts of the simple!
- even if they are a King James Bible church, it isn't an issue; they don't
talk about it much, etc.!
- they have no way of understanding the TO and
FOR in their Bible, because they do not get rightly dividing!
- they don't
always have to 'turn to... in the Scriptures" - they just listen to the
man tell them about salvation!
- their pastor takes their Bible away from
them by confusing their source verses from the Gospels to produce their sermon
truth about soul winning, thus folks have no idea how to read their bibles and
how to discern the different dispensational applications.
- they have no
fullness of understanding let alone the riches from it!
VIII. Here are some phrases
and teachings that are very common in the Great Commission churches.
- either through music, flattery, vain words, fair speeches, cunning craftiness,
enticing words of man's wisdom, great swelling words and especially having
men's persons in admiration because of advantage.
lead folks who are past feeling unto lasciviousness, etc.!
is not about the preachers themselves, it is about the message and words they
These are phrases that are taken
out of context, wrongly divided and are just plain used as guilt-producers because
of their unscriptural use and/or improper context and application. I have
personally heard these phrases all used in sermons! The folks that come
to hear that GC preacher is a dead crowd. They all don't even bring their
Bibles. Preaching the Great Commission produces dead Christians - especially
to the Book!
A. Trust the
Lord for increase! Expect increase - believe - have faith for the increase!
What a thing - this is Pentecostal
preaching mentality in our Bible Believing churches now. In other words,
if there is little or no increase in their church attendance, souls won, visitors,
money given for building programs, etc etc, etc. then it must be because
the folks have little faith. What a guilt trip is put on folks!!!!
B. Bless us with souls!
What does that mean? We are
winning souls for us? for our rewards? for our church size, etc.?
Souls are won to Him, not to us.
Be a willing and waiting vessel!
Right, so if you are not winning or bringing anybody, it must be YOUR fault!
D. It's all about Surrender! Give yourself
E. Great and marvelous things will happen!
Like what? Buildings, increase
in numbers, happier kids, etc.?
Do you love the church?
Of course, but not more than the Lord - not more than the King James Bible
- not more than a RIGHTLY DIVIDED Bible - not more than all that Paul wants us
to be fed - not more than the truth!
We will stand before God!
No - our WORKS will stand before God! Just more and more guilt for not
being a great soul winner!
Serve God as His Servant!
Sure, but also strive to not only live FOR God, but to live WITH Him!
We are more than servants - we can be His friends, too - and will eventually be
His bride soon.
I. Get them to
come to Christ!
course, but do we have to be told this week after week, Sunday after Sunday?
What about all that Paul wants us to be fed as he tells us in Ephesians
J. Look to God for guidance!
Sure - through Jesus Christ,
through the Holy Spirit in that King James Bible right down to Paul and all that
is TO us! Then we can also consider all that is FOR us - not just some guilt producing
pastor asking you to pray about 'giving' money or yourself without your own understanding
of God's will for your life through growth in and by the Scriptures. Our
inner feelings are not from God. This is the sensual crowd as warned about
If God can't trust you IN all, then God can't trust you AT all!
Man, I am getting sick of this guilt
stuff. What does that mean? If God is not Lord of all, then He is
not Lord at all... This is the same thing - in other words, if you are saved,
then you will do these things that I preach. If not in all, then you are
not at all! etc. Such junk!
Don't turn in your Scriptures to... but the Bible says...
What a thing - that is why we bring
our Bibles to church - to be SHOWN the scriptures. Don't worry about the
time it takes... these folks need to learn how to be able handle their Bible WITHOUT
the preacher always telling them where to look or not!
You are a chosen people - live like it.
We are NOT the chosen people. I
Peter 2:9-11 is about and TO the Jews, not
us. Romans 11:25
warns us about thinking we are the chosen ones - we are very conceited if we think
this salvation, etc. is all about us. It isn't!
Quoting the great old preachers!
But those guys were from an era that God blessed with open doors, etc.
The credit is to go to God, NOT to the preachers Those preachers had some
poor doctrine and knew little about rightly dividing it seems. They preached
hard, but the increase was all because of God at that time - NOT TODAY.
You could take those messages from those preachers and preach them today and you
won't get the same results at all! It wasn't the sawdust and tent that made
that era work - it was God. He wouldn't even let their poor doctrine, etc.
shut the door. God blessed His words, not the personal greatness of the
preachers! In fact, they had little if any education - many could not even
read that well.
O. Confess your
sins - don't lose your fellowship with God!
What? That is ONLY found in I John
1:7-9 which is NOT to us today. We are
already forgiven. That is for Tribulation, etc. There is nowhere where
we read where God cancels out fellowship with us. Any lack of fellowship
is us turning our backs on Him - not Him on us! What a guilt thing - what
a rotten thing to preach to your people! I
John 1:7-9, etc say NOTHING about fellowship!
We can grieve and quench the Spirit, but God never stops the fellowship nor does
He ever not forgive us. Our sins are gone - they are washed away - they
are not even imputed.
God's commission as stated in Matthew 28:19,20, Mark
16:15-18 and Acts 2:41-47.
Ok, if that is true, then why are not Fundamentalists
and other pastors teaching the Apostles doctrine, why are they not speaking in
tongues or grabbing deadly serpents, where are the Baptist healers?
Come on folks - if we take people to the Gospels today as if they were written
TO us, you would have a lot explaining to do about why they can't do it all!
Paul's gospel is NOT the Great Commission!
We need to feed the church with
Paul's gospel - from Romans to Philemon. The local church does have a purpose
- see Ephesians 4:11-16. Bringing in
the 'lost' and shoving out the 'saved' is not God's design for the local church!
The preaching of the Great Commission today is
an enemy to the truth of Christianity.
And it is a
I believe it is killing
our Bible Believing churches all across America and replacing the Book with rock,
"gospel" and hillbilly music - but alas, that is another sermon!
SERMONS ON THIS TOPIC
AND RELATED SUBJECTS BY MIKE PAULSON
FROM A READER:
reading the article on preaching the Great Commission.
can stir up another hornet’s nest by making the statement that there are NO lost
people in the church. The “church” is made up of those born again believers who’ve
trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ and have been placed in the body
of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The local church is a group of believers that gather
to worship, pray for and serve one another, etc.
there may be some lost folks in the place where the church meets. Especially the
way that church is done today (forgive me – it is crass to say it that way, but
that’s the way its often regarded). If that’s the case, could you spend some time
up front acknowledging this fact, and spend a little time preaching to those lost
souls in a way that will allow the Holy Spirit to bring the conviction of sin,
righteousness (of which they have none), and judgment to come, urge them to repent
towards God and trust in Jesus while there’s hope – and then go on and feed the
flock with the teaching of the books and doctrines of God’s word? At least you
wouldn’t be blurring the distinction between those that are alive in Christ, and
those that are dead in trespasses and sins. Also, the lost would either get saved,
join the flock rejoicing, and get fed, or get fed-up and get out. Let me know
Van Nattan responds:
Friend, you stated the problem and the solution. Sometimes I have nothing
better to say than the writer of the letter. This is such a time.