Is the Pastor the head of a church?

Headship of the Church

 

The Roman Catholic system is to have a priest as the head of a local church. The priest tells the congregation what to believe and how to live. The priest controls who can and who cannot preach. The priest controls how the tithes are spent. Thus the congregation is under the rulership of this one man.

The people are simply absorbers of the priest’s wisdom.

Then a group of priests fall under the central control of a bishop.

It is an efficient model for church growth. That is why the Catholic church is by far the biggest Christian organization.

Protestant churches either follow the Bible or they follow the example of Catholicism, the mother church who gave birth to her Protestant daughters. If a Protestant group wants to get big, they tend to follow this very successful Catholic model of church growth. Protestants have different doctrinal beliefs to the Catholics (and to other Protestant groups ) but they mostly agree on the method of church control by the centralization of power in the hands of one man, who is called pastor, the Protestant version of the priest. The pastor is the head of the church and basically rules the church. Very efficient, but is it Scriptural?

 

What does the Bible say about pastors?

Not much in the New Testament. The word pastor is only mentioned once.

 

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Ephesians 4 : 11-12

A five-fold ministry is needed to guide the believers among whom pastors are mentioned fourth.

This is not a high ranking position. Does this entitle the pastor to dominate a church? Certainly not.

Where is the five-fold ministry today? No-one is allowed to preach unless they agree with the pastor. Disagree with the pastor and he closes his pulpit to that ministry. Thus the pastor acts as a Catholic bishop, controlling the other four ministries. The pastor also controls the tithes so any independent thinking by the other four ministries is financially throttled.

Just as the Catholic emperor Constantine subsidized the churches to make them obedient to him so that he was then able to bend them to his will, the pastors only subsidise the ministries that agree with them. The congregations are only exposed to ministries that the pastor approves of.

Thus many pastors develop into a pre-eminent “one-man show” . One man who can do it all : preach, teach, evangelise, rule the church, subject the church to his beliefs etc. The congregation benefits from his strong points but are also subject to his weak points and errors.

 

9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

3 John 1 : 9-10

This man, who coveted more than his due, and lorded it over God’s heritage, ruled the flock and usurped a one-man power over them.

Who bans people from his church and pulpit today? The pastor.

Who has the pre-eminence in the church today? Pastors.

 

2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Matthew 23 : 2

The scribes and Pharisees quoted from the prophet Moses. Selective quotes that suited their theory. Pastors today mainly preach from quotes. “The prophet said this”, “the prophet said that”… Selective quotes that suit their understanding of the mysteries. Mystery Babylon? They do not prove their point by going through the Scriptures. Their understanding is based on certain quotes.

Ask the question “Why does a pastor rule the assembly?” and you get a flood of quotes to justify that the pastor is the head of the church. Not a flood of Scriptures because the Bible says that Jesus is the head of the church.

 

23 …even as Christ is the head of the church:…

Ephesians 5 : 23

 

6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,

Matthew 23 : 6

“The chief seats”. How many modern church buildings have seats in front for the important people to sit in? Who are these important people? Usually pastors or visiting pastors. No ministry will sit there if that man disagrees with the pastor. Pastors do not welcome opposition. Just as pope Leo did his best to get rid of Martin Luther. The man in charge is always right, the person who disagrees is always wrong. That thinking is called Churchianity, the subtle enemy of Christianity.

 

7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

Matthew 23 : 7

How often do you hear the title “Pastor” being mentioned?

“Who is your pastor?” . This unscriptural question is one of the first to be asked.

The early church never spoke like that.

 

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

Matthew 23 : 8

“All ye are brethren”. We are all supposed to be equal. A teacher is not called Teacher Smith, just brother Smith. But pastors insist on being called Pastor Smith. William Branham didn’t ask to be called prophet Branham. He was happy to be brother Branham. We should address men as brother, not some other title which implies that they are above us in some way.

Until Constantine stopped the persecution of Christians around 312 AD, Christians often had to meet in houses, open air places or secret places owing to the major persecutions that had been launched against them. If they met in public buildings these were liable to be confiscated. Tertullian ( 160 – 228 AD ) wrote “We are besieged, hunted down, taken by surprise in our secret congregations”. The severe persecution kept them on track. After 312 AD, church buildings sprang up with a priest who ruled the congregation, basilicas ( fancy cathedrals ) were built to give certain places preeminence and their ceremonial worship copied the ceremony that took place in the emperor’s palace. Worship of God was modeled on emperor worship. Churchianity replaced Christianity. The state was ruled by a human head, the emperor. So the churches also had to be ruled by a human head. The church copied the political example. Church leaders were elevated above the church members and they ruled and dominated the people.

 

Look what the Bible says of this third church age

 

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write…

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: ….

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Revelation 2 : 12-13;15

Church buildings thus open the door to a large crowd being organized and dominated by one man.

“Nico” means to conquer. “Laity” the people in the assembly. God hates an Aaronic priesthood, or worse still a one-man show, that elevates men above the assembly and then rules and regulates and subdues the assembly until they are bent to the leader’s will.

“Satan’s seat”. This is a harsh condemnation. This is one successful technique whereby Satan takes over the church although the people sincerely believe that they are serving God.

 

The Old Testament only speaks of pastors in Jeremiah, who does not say much good about them.

 

15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Jeremiah 3 : 15

This is good. Pastors can be a useful ministry if they find their correct place.

 

16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

Jeremiah 17 : 16

This is a reasonably neutral statement. What came out of his mouth was true. That is good.

But, being a pastor did not make him follow God. And he was slow to get away from being a pastor so that he could follow God. That was not so good.

 

The rest of his comments are very condemning of pastors. They are obviously not the one-man superstars that their congregations think they are.

 

8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Jeremiah 2 : 8

“The pastors also transgressed against me”.

 

21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

Jeremiah 10 : 21

The pastors are become brutish and don’t seek God. Their agenda is their own gain and their own importance. They love to rule over people. Anyone who disagrees has to leave. The believers who want Scripture have to scatter. Then the assembly cannot be corrected. Submissive to error, the congregation heads for the tribulation.

 

10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

Jeremiah 12 : 10

We are supposed to prove our beliefs from Scripture. Now that pastors have decided to interpret the unwritten mysteries in the Bible like the seven Thunders and the new name of Jesus, etc. They have made people put their faith in selected quotes instead of Scripture. Truth is no longer based on Scripture. People parrot quotes. Scriptural proof of a doctrine is left desolate. Message people cannot prove their beliefs from the Bible any more.

 

22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.

Jeremiah 22 : 22

“The wind…” By interpreting certain selected quotes to mean something that brother Branham never said, pastors become windbags.

Brother Branham never said “The seven Thunders have uttered” but pastors make this statement a foundation of their mystery beliefs.

Brother Branham never said that the Cloud of 1963 is the Coming of the Lord. It was photographed going away, not coming.

It was photographed on 28 February 1963. How can this be the Coming of the Lord when he said that the seventh Seal brings Him back to earth. The seventh Seal was only preached on 24 March 1963. So which date was the Coming?

 

347 The Seventh Seal brings Him back to earth.

“Souls that are in Prison Now”, preached on Sunday morning 10 November 1963

Then he also said that the seventh seal never opened.

 

176 The Seventh Seal hasn’t opened yet, you know. That’s His Coming.

“The Feast of the Trumpets”, preached on Sunday morning 19 July 1964

If the seventh Seal never opened, then Jesus never came on that day.

 

177 And now I’m here in Yuma, Arizona. Hallelujah! I’m identified tonight, here in this Stardust Motel, with a group of people who believes the same thing. “And now we’re seated together in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Hallelujah! I’m looking for His Coming in glory, some of these days. Identified with Him!

“The Identified Masterpiece of God”, preached on Saturday morning 05 December 1964

Long after revealing the Seals, he was still looking for the Coming of the Lord.

 

1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 23 : 1-2

By preaching their different versions and interpretations of quotes, pastors browbeat and brain wash a group into not building up their beliefs on Scripture. Selected quotes are all you need. His opinion of these selected quotes is the truth. Your pastor will see you through ( an unscriptural statement). Yet one pastor differs from another as the Message has fragmented into numerous variations. So which pastor and which version of the Message is correct ? The size of the congregation is regarded as proof of correctness. By that logic the Catholics are most correct as they are the biggest in numbers.

But any person who wants to learn Truth by linking up Scripture to Scripture gets driven away.

Pastors do not visit these dissenters. They don’t want them in their assemblies.

So what is the alternative?

People claim that a pastor is a shepherd but there is no Scripture that says this.

 

2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 23 : 2-4

God condemns the pastors that have fed the people the wrong food. But then He says that He will provide shepherds who will feed the people the correct food. The people ‘shall fear no more’. They will not be subject to terror tactics if they disagree. No more will dissenters have to undergo having the blood remitted ( an unscriptural statement ).

God rejects the pastors and sets up shepherds. Who are these people?

They will be a minority.

 

7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Luke 18 : 7-8

Shepherds always go to the Word. So shepherds were sent by the angel to the baby Jesus.

 

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalms 23 : 1

The only real Shepherd is Jesus.

 

11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10 : 11

 

2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

John 10 : 2

The door to heaven is Jesus who is the Word. You must only preach the Word. If you establish truth by running it through the Bible then you are turning people to the Word which is the only door to heaven. And the focus of the Bible is your dependence on Jesus Christ.

 

5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

John 10 : 5

Human interpretations cannot link Scripture to Scripture. You get your ideas from the quotes. But then you must track those ideas through the Bible. If you do not prove your ideas from Scripture, without having to refer to quotes, then you simply do not know what you are talking about. Then the true believer, who wants to build faith on the written Word, will not follow your opinion.

 

Jesus left the apostles in charge of the church. Who did the apostles leave in charge?

Elders, not one man.

 

Saint Paul spoke to the elders of Ephesus who established the first church age which is the model that the last church age must return to. This is near the beginning of the New Testament.

 

17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Acts 20 : 17;28

The elders are to feed the flock. It is not a one-man ministry.

The elders are the overseers of the church of God in any one place.

 

Saint Peter says the same thing near the end of the New Testament.

 

1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5 : 1-5

Peter greets them as an elder himself, not as an apostle.

The 12 apostles would die in due course and it was elders who would take over from them.

The elders must feed the church…and not for the sake of money.

Verse 2 does not justify a pastor collecting all the tithes. The elders take the oversight of the church and handle the money matters as well as all the other issues. It is not a one-man show.

Verse 3 speaks out against a pastor who dominates an assembly.

No-one is lord over God’s people

Verse 4 speaks of the chief Shepherd, Jesus, who actually runs the church. Thus the elders can only tell people what is in the Scripture because that alone points the people to the chief Shepherd.

 

Verse 5 “All of you be subject one to another”. This was the key to the early church. All the elders were equal. No elder was the boss. No single elder was in charge. They ran the church as a group.

 

Paul warned

 

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Acts 20 : 29-30

Notice this tactic “to draw away disciples after them” is to promote a human leader for the church to follow. One man then runs the show and the people are subject to his opinion. It is effective in terms of building up a big group but God says they are wolves. Romulus and Remus were twins who were suckled by a she wolf and then pastor Romulus got rid of the only man who was his equal, his twin brother Remus.

After taking that step he was undisputed leader and on his way to successfully building up Rome. Stay away from that spirit. Do not follow a man. Do not believe anything that does not get proven to you from Scripture.

 

The five fold ministry are not the only elders. People claim that there is a new Aaronic priesthood called the five fold ministry that runs the church.

The true Melchizadek priesthood consists of every believer which maintains the equality of everyone.

You are as much a part of the priesthood as anybody else.

 

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,

1 Peter 2 : 9

No-one is between you and Jesus. The elders are simply guides or signposts to point you to Him. You do not hero worship a signpost. You are grateful for a signpost but you move on to the Person of Jesus which is what the signpost is pointing to.

 

The five fold ministry are simply elders who preach. There are other elders involved in the running of the church who do not preach. But they are all elders. Each has his own function but a function does not make the person more or less important.

 

109 I’m going to pray for you right now. I’m going to lay hands upon you. I’m going to ask the minister brothers, so that you see it’s not just me. I’m not the only one. Any minister has the right to pray for the sick. Any minister that’s godly and God-sent, that’s got faith in God, God will hear his prayer just the same as He will anybody. They may not be able to discern and things like that. They don’t… That don’t happen too often. That’s right. But that don’t make the person doing that any more than anybody else.

“The Way Back”, preached on Friday morning 23 November 1962

 

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5 : 5

We are all subject to each other. We are all ruled by Scripture. Whoever finds a relevant Scripture that deals with an issue, we all are then subject to that Scripture. That is how we can all correct each other.

There is no bigshot.

 

17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

1 Timothy 5 : 17

Some elders labour in the word and doctrine. They are the five fold ministry. But there are other elders who are not preachers but they also play a part in ruling the church.

It is the combination of preaching and non-preaching elders who rule the church.

 

Paul lays out how the church should be run.

 

28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12 : 28

These are the key points for running the church. Notice, pastors are not even mentioned.

The apostles come first. They were trained by Jesus and they laid down the rules and guidelines for the New Testament church to follow. The original 12 apostles had the highest authority. Other apostles or missionaries must be subject to the teachings of the first apostles. These truths and guidelines would get lost during the church ages. God has often used a prophetic gift to guide His people at different times during the church ages but the main prophetic ministries would be Paul,Peter and John who wrote the prophecies of the New Testament and then the end time Elijah who came to turn the children ( us ) back to the fathers ( the original apostles ).

 

247-3 So he (Luther) was not able to lead the church back to the whole truth as would a man like the apostle Paul who was both apostle and prophet.

“Sardisean Church Age”, Church Age Book Chapter 7

We have the written Word from the apostles. We have the spoken word from the end time prophet. We get our ideas or revelations from the spoken word. Then we have to prove those ideas from the written Word which has the preeminence as It is mentioned first.

This is where the church fails. They get a revelation from the quotes but do not prove it from Scripture.

This is why teaching is the third step.

Teaching is focused on Scripture. Taking the quotes back to Scripture.

 

227 … Believe all the Message. Believe That. If it isn’t, if it isn’t written in the Bible, then don’t you believe it.

“He That Is In You”, preached on Sunday evening 10 November 1963

267-3 {281} If that Angel of the Lord told me anything that wasn’t Scriptural, I wouldn’t believe Him.

“The Third Seal”, preached on Wednesday 20 March 1963

38 …In the Old Testament, before a prophet’s word could be made manifest, it had to be examined and proved. They wasn’t loose with it, like we are today.

39 Just go out and have any kind of a sensation, or anything else, “Oh, glory to God, that’s it!” You’re mistaken.

The Bible said, that, “In the last days, the Devil will impersonate Christianity, so close, till it’ll deceive the very Elected if possible.” That’s right. So, we must test it.

40 And how did they test it in their day? To the Urim Thummim. The breastplate of Aaron, that had those stones in it: carbuncle, jasper, diamond, ruby, sapphire. All those stones, that represent the birth of these twelve patriarchs, was in the breastplate of Aaron. And when a prophet prophesied, and that sacred Light flashed over it, God said, “That is the Truth.” But, no matter how real it seemed, if it didn’t flash on that, it wasn’t the Truth. So, that Urim Thummim went with that priesthood.

41 But this Bible is God’s Urim Thummim today. And when a prophet prophesies, it must absolutely flash with the Bible.

“Hebrews Chapter Two”, Part 1, preached on Sunday morning 25 August 1957

106 The teacher is a special man. He sits back under the anointing of the Spirit and is able to take the Words and put them together by the Holy Spirit, that, the pastor or evangelist either one could not compare with him.

“God Doesn’t Call Man to Judgment Without First Warning Him”, preached on Wednesday morning 24 July 1963

The teacher gets his revelation or understanding from the quotes. Then he places those ideas into the Scripture and links Scripture to Scripture to prove the idea purely from the Bible. No quotes are needed to prove the point. The Bible alone must be able to do so. The other ministries cannot compare with this ability to link the Scriptures together.

But if the quotes can be proven from the Scripture then these revelations can be guaranteed to be the truth. This is the value of teaching. If the pastors etc are not too proud to learn doctrine from a teacher. “Helps” The church is not run by one man. All the people should be involved. Anyone can help and find something useful to do. This ministry is an invitation for people to pitch in and be active.

“governments” refer to the elders ( preachers and non-preachers ) who govern the church.

 

172 But what happened? Balaam, he succeeded in weakening Israel. What did he do? He weakened their camp. God let him go and weaken their camp, and it polluted the whole camp. And when some doctrine starts, that’s not the Bible Truth, it pollutes the whole camp. Somebody raise up with a different idea, like Korah, and say, “Well, this, that, and the other, and I got a different idea,” it pollutes the whole camp. And that’s what’s done the whole church camp today. That’s right.

173 Teaching as he did, weakening the whole camp for Kadesh-barnea, the Word showdown. When they got to Kadesh-barnea, then, the weakening of the camp. They come back. They had went right after…

Remember, they had eat angels’ food. They had the Word of God, every night, made manifest. And they eat the food. They drink from the rock. They did all, seen the miracles. They watched Moses, and seen his word, seen his prophesies, everything.

And then finally when they listened to this false teacher, come in among them and teach wrong, he weakened the camp, and prospered by it.

He might have built a million-dollar buildings. He might have had great denominations. He might have added thousands times thousands, and done great works, and mighty works, and was a prophet. That’s alright, but, as long as it’s not with the Word of God, you better stay away from it.

God don’t change His mind. Stay right with His Word, ’cause that’s what’s going to come out in the end, the Word, Word by Word. “Whosoever shall take one Word away from It, or add one word to It!” It’s got to stay, that Word.

“Does God Ever Change His Mind About His Word”, preached on Sunday evening 18 April 1965

106 …Show unto us the way to walk. Teach us, O Father, God. May we receive it. And if it’s contrary to the Word, we know that it’s the wrong teacher. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher. He wrote the Word, and He would not teach anything but the Word. And we pray that He’ll make it manifest to us this night in our heart. Grant it, God.

“Jehovah Jireh 3″, preached on Saturday 07 July 1962

27 That’s the reason I have a–a wonderful Bible teacher here before me, who places the people and everything right on God’s Word. For this is God’s Word.

“Do You Now Believe”, preached on Sunday evening 17 August 1952

9 Which is a… Which was a New Testament modern day prophet, a preacher. “Prophesy” means “to foretell, or to tell some personal thing.”

In other words, if you read the Bible and start tell… Then that’s a teacher. See? But a “prophesy” is “to testify or foretell.” All right. Now… And the Spirit of Christ is prophecy.

“I Perceive That Thou Art A Prophet”, preached on Sunday evening 14 June 1953

16 I remember staying a year and six months in this Book of Revelation in–in the Tabernacle here. That’s what I like in–in teaching. I just love teaching. Oh, my. I–I–I think it’s wonderful. It gives the basis and settles the church.

And in preaching, now, there’s some people that are preachers. They can pick up the Word with inspiration, and sway It out there in places. That’s watering the Seeds that the teacher has taught. See? Now, you got to put some Seed in first, and then water It. And the watering comes from the preaching of the Word.

There’s a great vast difference between a teacher and a preacher. See? It’s two different gifts of the Spirit altogether, two different gifts. And I humbly say this, but I haven’t a gift of either.

“The Seven Church Ages”, preached on Wednesday 12 May 1954

62 Now, the Urim Thummim has been done away with, in that sense, but This is God’s Urim Thummim now, the Bible. If a prophet, or a dreamer, or whatever it is, or a teacher, hasn’t based his theory exactly on THUS SAITH THE LORD, I don’t believe it. See? Got to come right here, from Genesis to Revelations. Not just in one place, it’s got to come through the Bible and tie It exactly together. Yes, sir. It’s got to dovetail with the rest of It, and hook It all together. If you don’t, you could take one thing and say that that’s purgatory and preach Catholicism out of the Bible. But it’s got to dovetail completely from Genesis to Revelations, make the picture clear. That’s right.

And the Holy Ghost is the One Who develops this picture for you, if you’ll just let Him do it. He will lead you into all Light. The Bible said so. Jesus said He would do it.

“The Seal Of God”, preached on Friday 14 May 1954

203-341 You say, “Well, glory to God, the Bible said when the Holy Ghost is come you don’t need any teacher; He’s the teacher Hisself.” Oh, brother. How can you be so little from reading the Scrip… Why did the Holy Ghost set teachers in the church then?

Say, “I don’t have to have anybody teach me; the Holy Ghost teaches me.” It does through a teacher. He set teachers in the church.

He said, “Are all teachers, are all apostles, are all gifts of healing?” The Holy Ghost set these things in the church; He operates them all, and each one of them operates orderly.

“Questions and Answers”, preached on Saturday 15 May 1954

23 And many times we substitute so much instead of the Word, especially today. We’re substituting phenomenal. We’re substituting a lot of other things that shouldn’t be.

After all, church is for preaching the Word. Testimonies are fine, and different things that we do is wonderful, but we must give the Word first place because It’s for the sinner, and for the people that has the Holy Spirit also.

Jesus said, when Satan tempted Him, He said, “It’s written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” See? The Holy Spirit feeds on the Word of God. The Holy… He takes the Word and places it into your heart, and it makes you grow in strength, good Bible exposits. And I love it.

I love to sit and hear a good Bible teacher who takes the Bible and lays It out. Then the Spirit of kindness and meekness with it, where it takes root in good soft ground, and goes to growing.

“A Hidden Life In Christ”, preached on Thursday 10 November 1955

32 God stays right with His Word. Here’s the instructions the Holy Spirit got to teach a child by. He will never leave that for nothing. He will never add one word or take one word away from it. He will stay exactly on that. He will never leave that Bible.

If the Bible said, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,” the Holy Spirit will say the same thing.

Men will say, “Oh, no, you can’t teach that. You couldn’t get by with it.”

The Bible said, “I’m the Lord healeth all thy diseases.”

Man say, “Oh, you can’t believe that.”

The Holy Spirit said, “Amen. It’s right.”

See? But that’s what makes the difference. “Oh, we Presbyterian, we Pentecostal, we Assemblies, we this, we don’t believe that.”

Why don’t you believe it? Because you’re listening to men teachers in the stead of God’s Teacher, the Holy Spirit. That’s exactly right. Stay right with the Word. He will never add nothing to It or take nothing away from It. He will stay right with the instructions. He is God’s Teacher.

“Hear Ye Him”, preached on Sunday 19 May 1957

48 Now, Moses, when he was called by God, he was a total, complete prophet. When God sends a man to do anything, He completely equips him with everything that he has need of. If God calls a man to be a preacher, He puts something in him to preach with. If He calls him to be a teacher, He puts something in him to teach with. If He calls for him to be a prophet, He puts something in him to see visions and to be a prophet. God always completely equips His man.

“A Total Deliverance”, preached on Sunday 12 July 1959

18 A New Testament prophet is a preacher. We all know that. Just any minister that’s a preacher is a prophet, a New Testament prophet, if he’s prophesying, preaching, not to try to edify himself to make a big name, or to edify his organization. Which, he should be in an organization. Here I am without one, but yet preaching you should be. That’s right. Every man ought to have a church home. You ought to have a place, not just to float about from pillar to post, but have somewhere that you go to church and you call it your church, somewhere you pay your tithe, and somewhere that you help support the cause. Take your choice, but then don’t never disfellowship the other man because he don’t belong with your group. See? Discern his spirit…

“Discernment Of Spirit”, preached on Tuesday 08 March 1960

55 He’s the Tutor of the church. He’s the One. Let the Holy Spirit live in the church and make way. That’s when you’ll have real meetings. Listen to your pastor. Let him not, let it… See, if the devil can’t keep you from seeing the real–real thing of God, he will push you off the deep end with it, like that. He will make you go to a fanatic. You don’t have to fanatical. There’s too much real and real genuine to have to be a fanatic. My, the whole Pentecostal skies are full of it.

But listen to your pastor, a good God-sent man, a teacher that’ll send and tell you just exactly what to do, because himself is anointed with the Holy Ghost. And watch him; he will stay right smack with the Word. Exactly what the Word says, he will say right with It. And God will bless that Word. I don’t care where it’s at; He will bless it because He promised He would do it. That’s right. He will stay.

“Hear Ye Him”, preached on Tuesday evening 12 July 1960

520-54 If you see him real flighty and going on, you–and he says, “The Lord called me for such and such a–to be a pastor.” Now, a pastor can’t be a flighty person. A pastor’s solid, sound. See?

“God called me to be a teacher.” And watch him how he interprets the Word. See? He gets It all mixed up and everything, then you can tell. See?

But then, the thing to do, your position is usually known whether you can do it or not.

“Questions and Answers”, preached on Thursday 12 January 1961

520-57 Now, when God called me to be an evangelist, I wanted to be a pastor. And I thought staying at home here would just be fine. And the Lord called me. Finally all the people got together. There’s not a one of them left tonight in here, that they cried and went out there on 1717 Spring Street. And the lady, Mrs. Hawkins over here, met me and said (crying, during the time of depression, when one in the neighborhood would cook a mess of beans and we’d all come in and eat from that), and she said, “I’ll allowance my children at the table if you’ll only build a tabernacle.” See?

And my calling was an evangelist. The morning… Laying right here at this cornerstone, if we could burst in there tonight, you’ll see a flyleaf off of my Bible where He told me to be an evangelist. See? And I wasn’t a successful pastor, never would be, because I haven’t got the patience and what it takes to be a pastor. See? So therefore, if I tried to pastor, I would just be as far out as a pastor is trying to be an evangelist.

“Questions and Answers”, preached on Thursday 12 January 1961

172 Recently I was talking to a priest, he said, “Why, you’re just another Bible teacher.” Said, “You–you just stay with the Bible.”

“The Comforter”, preached on Sunday evening 01 October 1961

185 What is it? With God-sent teacher that’ll stay right with the Word to the real church, not move one iota no matter what an organization says; they’re not connected with it. Prophets; not make-belief, so-called, but a genuine prophet has THUS SAITH THE LORD, and right on the dot every time. That’s what He’s sent in His church. That’s what He said He would do. Believes the Word; not the creed, not the dogma, but the Word… And by doing this, He shows Himself in them by confirming His Word, making the same life that He lived once, live over again, bringing His Word to pass. Oh, my.

“Oneness”, preached on Sunday 11 February 1962

264-5 {263} The first stage, a white horse (See?), he was just a teacher, just an antichrist teacher; he was against the Word of God. And now, how can you be an antichrist? Anybody that denies that every Word of this–isn’t true and to be taught just the same, is an antichrist, ’cause they deny the–the–the–the–the Word, and He is the Word.

“The Third Seal”, preached on Wednesday 20 March 1963

104 But, you see, in the church there is the pastor, and that pastor is a special person. He’s built to where he can–he can put up with the fusses of the people. He–he–he’s a burden-bearer, he’s the ox of the team. He–he’s a man that can sit down when the… somebody’s got something against somebody else, and sit down with them two families (and take neither side) and reason it out and bring it right back into sweetness. See? He–he’s a pastor, he knows how to take care of things. 105 The evangelist is a special man. He’s a man that’s burning like a fireball. He runs into a city and preaches his message, then gets out of there somewhere else. See, he’s a special man. 106 The teacher is a special man. He sits back under the anointing of the Spirit and is able to take the Words and put them together by the Holy Spirit, that, the pastor or evangelist either one could not compare with him. 107 And then, we find out, the apostle is a special man. He’s a–he’s a “set-her-in-order.” He’s a man that’s sent from God to set the things in order.

“God doesn’t call man to Judgement without first warning him”, preached on Wednesday 24 July 1963

83-1 “Thou hast tried them that say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.”

My, that is a blunt statement. “Thou hast tried them who call themselves apostles.” Isn’t that presumptuous? What right has a people to try those who call themselves apostles? And how do they try them? Oh, I love this.

Here it is in Galatians 1:8,

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have (already) preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

It was the apostles who brought the original Word to the people. That original Word could not change, not even a dot or dash of it. Paul knew it was God Who had spoken to him so he said, “Even if I come and try to give a second revelation, try to make one little change in what I gave originally, let me be accursed.” You see, Paul knew that first revelation was correct. God can’t give a first revelation, then a second revelation. If He did, He would be changing His mind. He can give a revelation and then add to it, as He did in the Garden of Eden when He promised the Seed to the woman, and then later designated that Seed had to come through Abraham, and then later said it would come by the same blood lines in David. But it was the same revelation. It only gave the people more information to help them receive and understand it.

But God’s Word can’t change. The Seed came exactly as revealed. Hallelujah. And see what those false apostles were doing. They came with their own word. Those Ephesians knew that Word as Paul had taught it. They were full of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of Paul’s hands. They looked those false apostles in the eye and said, “You are not saying what Paul said. You are, therefore, false.” Oh, that sets my heart on fire. Get back to the Word! It is not you that really tries the apostle, and prophet and teacher, IT IS THE WORD THAT TRIES THEM.

One of these days there is going to come a prophet to the Laodicean Church Age and you will know if he is the real one sent from God or not. Yes you will, for if he is of God HE WILL BE IN THAT WORD EXACTLY AS GOD GAVE IT TO PAUL. HE WON’T DEVIATE FROM THAT WORD FOR A MOMENT, NOT BY ONE IOTA. In that last age, when there will be many false prophets appearing, watch and see how they keep telling you that if you don’t believe them and what they say, you will be lost; but when that LAST DAY PROPHET
comes on the scene, if he is truly that prophet, he will be crying out, “Get back to the Word or you are lost.” He won’t build on a private revelation or interpretation, but on the Word. Amen, and Amen!

Ephesian Church Age – Church Age Book Chapter 3

247-3 Now as I mentioned already, this age has been called by the historians, the Period of Reformation. That is exactly right. That is what it was. It had to be that for Martin Luther was a reformer, not a prophet. Now I know the history book calls him a prophet, but it doesn’t mean that the history book is right, for there is no record of Martin Luther qualifying as a true prophet of God in the grand Scriptural sense of that word. He was a fine teacher with some of the manifestations of the Spirit in his life and we praise God for that. So he was not able to lead the church back to the whole truth as would a man like the apostle Paul who was both apostle and prophet.

Sardisean Church Age – Church Age Book Chapter 7