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After Manasseh Came A Josiah

In 2 Kings 21:1-9 we read:

Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hephzibah. 2 And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the despicable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. 3 For he rebuilt the high places that Hezekiah his father had destroyed, and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. 4 And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem will I put my name.” 5 And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. 6 And he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 7 And the carved image of Asherah that he had made he set in the house of which the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever. 8 And I will not cause the feet of Israel to wander anymore out of the land that I gave to their fathers, if only they will be careful to do according to all that I have commanded them, and according to all the Law that my servant Moses commanded them.” 9 But they did not listen, and Manasseh led them astray to do more evil than the nations had done whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.

In our wicked world it is easy to look around at our wicked, sinful leaders and see the judgment of God.  I look around at my own culture and I see evidence of Romans 1.  People are full of sin.

However, my hope is in the Lord God and in His Word.  I have hope in the gospel.  I know that Jesus will triumph and He alone is King of kings and He alone is Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15-16).  Jesus reigns even now from heaven (Acts 3:19-21).  His reign includes all His enemies coming under His feet (Psalm 110:1; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26).  I look around at the wicked world and I can easily be full of despair but my hope is that the gospel will go forth and the reign of Jesus will never be stopped.

In 2 Kings 21:1-9 we read of the wicked king of Judah, Manasseh.  I have yet to live under such a wicked king.  We have had wicked men and women in the past but few compare to the wickedness of Manasseh.  Manasseh went so far in his idolatry that he built altars in Jerusalem in the temple of Yahweh to his false gods.  He offered his own sons on the altars to his false gods.  2 Kings 21:16 says, “Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the LORD.”

After Manasseh, his son Amon reigned as king over Judah and he followed in the footsteps of Manasseh.  Amon was a wicked king.

After Amon, however, comes Josiah.  2 Kings 22:2 says, “And he what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or  to the left.”

The Lord raised up a Josiah after the wickedness of Manasseh and Amon.  This gives me hope.  This encourages me.

In my own wicked nation, I see our leaders full of sin.  They are full of idolatry, greed, corruption, they support the murdering of millions of babies at the altars of the gods of conveyance and sex.  Our leaders are just like Manasseh in many ways.  They even shed innocent blood not just in unjust wars and wicked attacks on citizens but they support the abortion mill industries which murder innocent babies each and every day.  In my own state and in my own city I see the wickedness of our leaders even on a local level.  They give in to the sexually perverted who want their “rights” and they support the wickedness of racism and abortion on demand.  Yes it is easy to be discouraged.

But I have hope that God can raise up a Josiah.  My hope is not in politicians.  They are corrupt.  My hope is not in men.  They are corrupt.  My hope is in the Lord God who can turn the tide through His gospel.  My hope is in the gospel (Romans 1:16-17).  Josiah was a mighty man of God.  We need mighty men of God to turn not just my own nation but he nations of this fallen, sinful world to the Lord God.  This will not come through politicians or through political reform (though they will happen through the gospel) but will only come through a man of God being faithful to God.

My hope is that the wicked nations of this world (which is all of them) will turn to the Lord Jesus Christ.  The gospel transformed the Roman Empire and turned them away from idolatry to the truth of the gospel.  Over time, corrupt church leaders corrupted the gospel and turned the church in Rome away from the gospel to idolatry that we now see as the Roman Catholic Church but I have hope that Catholics will repent and be saved.  I have hope that the nations will be saved by the grace of God.

We read in many places that the nations will bow down to the Lord God (see Psalm 22:27; 86:8-9; Isaiah 2:3; Revelation 15:4).  Jesus has conquered the nations by His death and resurrection and He now commands us to make disciples in every nation until He reigns forevermore (Matthew 28:18-20).

May God send a revival of His truth!

One Pragmatic Church Quote I Agree With

“What you win them with is what you win them to.”

This is absolutely true.  So pragmatic church, bear in mind that when you seek to win the people in your community with goofy skits, sermons on movies and television programs that people should not watch anyway, moralistic sermon series’ designed to take people to a new level, rock concerts full of smoke and lights that you call your “worship service,” and other pragmatic schemes of men that you devise to “win” the crowds, that is what you win them to.

But I ask, “Where is Jesus in all this?”  Where is the Bible being preached, proclaimed, and exegeted before the people?  Where is the call to holiness, to repentance, to self-sacrifice in an age of narcism?  Where is the glory of God being manifested?  Where is the labor in prayer, in evangelism (and by that I don’t mean inviting people to your seeker church so that they can get comfortable with God but I am talking about true evangelism where the gospel is proclaimed and people are called to repent)?  Where is the weeping for the lost?  Where is the passion for the gospel to be preached, obeyed, lived, taught, and preached in the world?

Where are the elders in the church of God who will be serious about Christ?  Where are the elders who can faithfully fulfill 1 Timothy 3:1-7?  Where are the elders who obey 1 Peter 5:1-5?  Where are the elders who obey Hebrews 13:7, 17?  Oh God, give us men of God!

What you are winning people to is not the Word of God.  It is not to the Lordship of Christ.  It is not to the glory of God.  It is not to the exaltation of the gospel.  It is pure pragmatism and it is producing countless false converts who do not begin to know the truth of the Word of God nor of God’s salvation in His beloved Son (Matthew 7:21-23; Titus 1:16; 2 John 8-9).

I urge you my seeker, pragmatic lead pastor of such and such community church: repent and cry out to this generation that they must repent or they will face the holy wrath of God (John 3:36; Hebrews 12:29). Rise up and shake off the chains of religion, of man-made traditions that rob God of His glory (Mark 7:1-13).  Rise up and get on your face and cry out to God for Him to be glorified in you even if He takes away all your fame and fortune you have accumulated from your seeker church.  Rise up and pray like never before, like your Master whom you say you love and adore (Luke 11:1).  Rise up and be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).  Rise up and preach the Word of God verse by verse, line upon line (2 Timothy 4:1-6).  Warn this generation of the coming judgment of God (Hebrews 9:27-28) and warn them that their only hope is not found in this world nor in chasing the flesh but in Jesus Christ alone (1 Timothy 2:1-6).

May God be glorified in His holy Church (Ephesians 3:20-21).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/12/2014 at 11:00 AM

Charles Spurgeon on the Qualifications of an Open Air Preacher

I found the following qualifications from Charles Spurgeon on open air preachers to be interesting.  May God grant us servants of the King who display such a calling to take the gospel to the highways and by-ways (Mark 16:15).


1.  A good voice.
2.  Naturalness of manner.
3.  Self-possession.
4.  A good knowledge of Scripture and of common things.
5.  Ability to adapt himself to any congregation.
6.  Good illustrative powers.
7.  Zeal, prudence, and common sense.
8.  A large, loving heart.
9.  Sincere belief in all he says.
10.  Entire dependence on the Holy Spirit for success.
11.  A close walk with God by prayer.
12.  A consistent walk before men by a holy life.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/19/2013 at 11:43 AM

Knowing A Pentecostal Helps Clarify Misunderstandings

From some of the things I have been reading from Twitter and a few blog posts, you would think that, according to cessationists, that Pentecostals and Charismatics are out right weird, chase experiences, are hardly saved, lack theological discernment, and frankly, should be branded as heretics.  All of them are the same, they all accept the false teachings of various false teachers who are charismatics.  Their main problem is their belief in the continuation of the revelatory gifts of the Spirit.  If they would just denounce their charismatic theology, embrace Reformed theology and start reading the Bible, all would be well.

As I noted in a previous post, one would be hard pressed to find charismatic congruency.  With over 500 million people now claiming to be Pentecostal or charismatic, one would be hard to label what they all believe.  They are not all one and the same.  We are not talking here about Arminians (who can unite around Arminius) or Calvinists (who unite around Calvin).  We are talking here about millions of people who believe in the continuation of the revelatory gifts.  Some hold to the baptism in the Spirit as subsequent to salvation but some do not.  Some hold to entire sanctification as subsequent to salvation while many do not.  Some believe in infant baptism while others do not.  Some hold to singing contemporary songs in praise to God while others hold to hymns.  Pentecostals and Charismatics are not all the same.  Not all of them endorse what Kenneth Hagin has said and not all of them like Joel Osteen.

Let me describe to you what I think of when I think of a Pentecostal.  His name was Brother Eugene Stewart.  He is now with the Lord but his life is what I think of when I think of Pentecostals.  While many picture snake handlers or people running around laughing or howling like dogs, I think of Eugene.  Eugene was a man of prayer.  He would spend hours in prayer, laboring for the lost, interceding for his family (many of who were missionaries including his own sons).  Brother Stewart would take out his King James Bible and would read for hours.  He would talk to me about revival, about how we needed a move of God to turn the tide of sin.  Brother Eugene would open his old black KJV Bible to the Old Testament and he would talk to me about the tabernacle in the wilderness and how God said that Moses was to build the tabernacle just as God wanted him to build it.  If Moses built the tabernacle as God told him to, God Himself would inhabit the tabernacle.  Eugene would then get tears in his eyes and plead with me, “Son, build the house of God as He called us to build it.  Don’t build it like men want you to build it.  Build the kingdom as Jesus told us to build it, by preaching and praying and pleading for sinners to repent.”

It was Eugene who taught me to pray.  His knees were worn.  His Bible was old and full of writing inside.  Yet this man of God would get on his knees and have me next to him while he cried out to God.  He would often weep as he prayed.  Yes he would speak in tongues but his life was matched with a life of holiness, surrendered to the Spirit.  This was not a man who chased visions or prophets.  This man of God loved Jesus and longed to see Him face to face.  Eventually, with his missionary family by his side, he took his last breath and went into the presence of his King.

Eugene Stewart is who I picture when I think of Pentecostals.  A servant of God who is not known now.  His grave lies undisturbed but his memory lives on.  Eugene will not be discussed at the conferences that would denounce him.  He will be ignored but he is who I think of.  A man of God.  A servant of God.  A man who longed for Jesus to be preached and exalted just as the Spirit would do (John 15:26-27; 16:14).

Perhaps if more people would get to know a Pentecostal like Eugene instead of watching TBN to access the movement, we would not have such confusion over whether these people are truly seeking Jesus.

Just my thoughts.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/18/2013 at 6:28 PM

Profile of Brother Bobby McCreery

Here is a link to open air preacher and evangelist, brother Bobby McCreery.  Brother Bobby preaches the gospel mainly to the students at the University of Georgia in Athens.  His passion for the lost is wonderful and his zeal is uplifting to behold.  I pray that God will meet Bobby’s needs and provides for his family.  He is truly a good servant of God and a faithful brother.

You can find his site here.

Mark 16:15

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/01/2013 at 10:11 AM

Common Traits Among Soul Winners

Across the Church of Jesus Christ are men and women of God who have labored for souls.  God powerfully has used common folks to often reach others with the gospel.  While no one “led” me to Jesus, I was influenced by a fellow classmate in high school who had repented.  His godliness led me to look to Christ for salvation a year later or so after he first witnessed to me.  I think of the young Charles Spurgeon wandering into a small Methodist church on a cold January morning when the young 16-year-old Spurgeon could not get to another church that he planned to visit.  That morning the Lord saved Spurgeon as Spurgeon listened to a lay preacher from the Methodist preach the simple gospel.  That man did not know the spiritual impact Spurgeon would have and only heaven knows his name (though historians have speculated).

I think of Randy Stonehill inviting a young searching man named Keith Green to a Bible study at a home in southern California.  Little did Stonehill know that this same Keith Green would get saved and impact millions with his music.

The truth is that soul winners often go unnoticed.  The judgment seat of Christ will reveal great soul winners who labored for King Jesus with all their might.  The world did not know their names.  Blogs did not record their names.  History itself buried them with both dirt and time.  Yet heaven doesn’t forget the labors of the saints.  All of heaven will applaud these great soul winners who have labored for Christ our Lord.  Their eyes were not on fame or fortune.  They only had Jesus and His glory in mind.  Oh I long to be such a saint!

Yet there are common traits I have noticed among great soul winners from great men such as David Brainerd or Charles Spurgeon or Charles Finney or D.L. Moody or David Wilkerson or Ray Comfort.  Some of them were mighty theologians even such as the great Jonathan Edwards whom God used to touch a generation here in the United States with the gospel.  Some of them were great prayer warriors such as David Livingstone or John Hyde.  Some of them were simply burdened for souls such as William Carey or Andrew Fuller.  Some were great preachers of the gospel such as Wilkerson or Spurgeon.  I think most will simply be those Christians who faithfully labored for the gospel without the applause of those here and now.

What are some common traits among great soul winners?

1.  Prayer.

David Brainerd labored in prayer.  Martin Luther labored in prayer.  Rees Howell labored in prayer.  E.M. Bounds labored in prayer.  John Wesley labored in prayer.  Great soul winners pray.  They don’t talk about prayer.  They don’t use prayer to bless their labors.  They are first and foremost people of prayer.  William and Catherine Booth, founds of the Salvation Army, were great prayer warriors.  They had read the words of Christ in Matthew 9:37-38 or Paul in Romans 10:1 or 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and they labored in prayer for the lost.  God blessed their works.  Prayer doesn’t prepare us for the work of God.  Prayer is the work of God.  Prayer fills us with faith in God who can move the wicked mountains in our paths for souls (Mark 11:22-24).

2.  Gospel-Centered Focus and Preaching.

The great soul winners such as Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Paris Reidhead, and many others were focused on preaching the Lord Jesus and exalting Him.  Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 that our focus should be Christ and Him crucified.  Paul further wrote in Philippians 3:8 that his passion was to know Christ.  Great soul winners hunger for Jesus and to exalt Him.  Great soul winners labor their lives away for the kingdom of Christ and their focus is eternity (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

3.  Their Hearts Break for the Lost.  

Soul winners such as William Carey heard the cries of the heathen and longed to see them saved.  Great soul winners such as Peter Cartwright longed to see men and women free from the chains of sin.  They recognized that only Jesus can save sinners by His grace.  They read Matthew 9:37-38 and like their Savior, their hearts were broken for the lost.  Like Jesus their Master in John 4, they longed to see the harvest come to pass.  They wept over the lost and longed to see souls come to know Christ as Lord.

4.  They Feared Only God. 

Jesus tells us in Luke 12:4-7 that we are to fear God alone.  Proverbs 1:7 says that the fear of God is beginning of wisdom.  The fear of the Lord leads us to hate wickedness (Proverbs 8:13).  The fear of the Lord drove great soul winners to fear only God and to not fear flesh (Psalm 27:1; Romans 8:31).  They longed to preach the Word of God without fear of flesh.  Many great soul winners gave their lives for the gospel including the Apostles and including many others such as William Tyndale or Jim Elliott.

5.  They Preached Against Sin.

The great soul winner were not compromisers when it came to the gospel.  They preached hard against sin.  Read the sermons of Jonathan Edwards or the sermons of Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne and you’ll see their hatred for sin.  These were not men and women of God who came preaching a “seeker message” but like the Apostles, they thundered against sin.  They called people to repent and turn from their wickedness (Acts 17:30-31).  They preached the holiness of God alongside the sinfulness of humanity.

6.  They Were Often Despised By the Church and World.

I read about men such as John Bunyan and how hated they were by the world and the established church.  I read about men such as William Carey and how the established church despised his vision for the lost.  I read about the prayer life of E.M. Bounds and his focus was on eternity and not the fame or praise of men.  I read about men such as John Wesley who died without a penny to his name but left behind the Methodist Church.  Like those of Hebrews 11:38, the world was not worthy of them.  They preached hard and lived hard lives often for the gospel but they will forever be rewarded with the praises of their King going forth into all eternity.

7.  Their Preaching Often Ran Contrary to the Culture Around Them.

They preached against sins in their culture and often were attacked for that.  We have John Newton and William Wilberforce preaching against racism and slave trading.  We have Martin Luther preaching justification by faith alone as opposed to the apostate Catholics preaching works-righteousness.  We have the Apostles preaching against sin in their culture as well and being opposed for it (Acts 14:19).  Their lives were marked by holiness (1 Peter 1:15-16) and their preaching was holy preaching against sin.  They did not buy into the culture around them but preached against the world by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 4:12-19).

8.  They Loved Theology.

These were not theology-lite preachers.  These were not Joel Osteen types who ignored sound doctrine or acted the fool when confronted with theological questions.  Read the works of Richard Watson, Adam Clarke, or John Wesley and see them thinking deeply about Jesus and His Word.  The great soul winners of the Church have loved God with all their hearts and minds and souls and strength (Mark 12:29-31).  The gospel they often preached was simple enough for a child to hear and be saved but they deeply loved the Lord and knew His Word.  I read the sermons of the Puritans and I am ashamed of how weak our preaching is today in comparison.  Oh for servants of God who love Him and preach His deep truths in the power of the Spirit.

9.  They Were Holy Vessels.

These great soul winners of Church History loved the Lord and hated sin.  These were not men and women marked by sin. They were not marked by adultery and wickedness.  They were holy.  I think about the holiness preaching of men such as George Whitefield or John Wesley or Evans Roberts.  I think about the holy lives of men such as Francis Asbury or women such as Amy Carmichael.  I think about great servants of God who loved holiness such as Myer Pearlman.  Great soul winners are not full of the world (James 4:4).  Like their Lord, they despised the things of this world and sought to please and honor God.  They were not perfect and thus needed their Savior but they loved their Savior enough to hate sin (1 John 2:1-2; 3:4-10).  These were folks marked by 2 Corinthians 7:1.

Ending Prayer

Oh God give us soul winners again!  We need them in Your Church as we live in an evil age that needs the gospel.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

07/05/2013 at 10:42 AM

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