I received a letter from a very old friend whom I have not spoken to for 25-27
your email about needing support. I am going to help, and see how it goes from
I enjoy reading your reports, and I support
what you are preaching! I do have a slight problem with name calling and a few
of your statements on politics, but I will leave that up to you! (You could explain
a little to me about the name calling!) I do believe street preaching is the Bible
way to spread the Gospel! It is too easy to hide on the inside 4 walls of church
You may remember me from your past! I
used to hang with you and Steve in State College back in the 70's.
have a real problem with where to give! A watered down Gospel is no Gospel at
all. Please use my gift as God would have you! Thanks and God bless!
I well remember you. Those are days that will always stay with me. I
have come back to where I never should have left. I also have been running into
quite a few people from that time period. It is good to hear from you. I think
my last remembrance is visiting you at your new house in Boalsburg. Am I correct
or was that someone else?
I really appreciate the help you sent and the
promise to help more. It came at a time when the enemy was wearying me with accusations
that God would not provide. I thank the Lord for you.
About name calling.
I will tell you all about it. Let me first say that over the years, even though
I was not full time in the ministry, I was continuing to learn many truths. The
Lord taught me for 23 years mostly out of Matthew 10. It is hard for me to imagine
how much God showed me out of that one chapter. To me it may be the most important
chapter in the Bible concerning street preaching. The entire chapter covers when
the Lord sent out the disciples to preach. In it, He told them what to expect,
He told them what He desired the preaching to do, He told them what His purpose
in the preaching is.
Jesus was not the one to pioneer name calling. The
prophets did that. God, through the prophets called Israel stiff necked, rebellious,
whores, wicked, and perverse, to name a few. But Jesus also called people names.
Mt 15:26-27 But he answered and said, It is not meet to
take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their
Mr 7:27-28 But Jesus said
unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's
bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered
and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's
These are not the same incident. In
Matthew it was a Canaanite woman, and in Mark it was a Syrophenician woman. Jesus
in both instances indicated He was sent only to the lost children of Israel. Was
he being mean in referring to them with the pejorative "dogs". To this
day, in the middle east calling someone a dog is considered an extreme insult.
MT 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless
and perverse generation, how long shall I be with
you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. (Also Lu 9:41)
this instance, Jesus called His own disciples faithless and perverse. Apparently
He was also angry at them. The phraseology "how long shall I suffer you"
indicates that He was very annoyed. Other translations use the word "endure
MT 16:23 But he turned, and said unto Peter,
Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto
me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Jesus called Peter Satan, and that Peter offended Him. He was not addressing Satan,
because the next sentence can only be understood as being said to a man. Satan
never savors the things of God NOR of man. It can only have been made to the man
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil,
and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning,
and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh
a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I
should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto
you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
Jesus was calling the scribes and Pharisees murderers and liars.
MT 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well
did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Also MT 16:3, MT 22:18, MT 23:13
-15, MT 23:23,25,27,29, MT 24:51, Mr 7:6, Lu 6:42, Lu 11:44, Lu 12:56, Lu 13:15)
Apparently Jesus really liked the name hypocrite. He used it all over the
Lu 24:25 Then he said unto them, O
fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
MT 16:4 A wicked and
adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there
shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left
them, and departed.
MT 16:8 Which when Jesus
perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith,
why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve,
and one of you is a devil?
Ye fools, did not he that made
that which is without make that which is within also?
the word translated fool is aphron:
878. afrwn aphron, af'-rone
1 (as a negative particle) and 5424; properly, mindless,
i.e. stupid, (by implication) ignorant,
(specially) egotistic, (practically) rash,
or (morally) unbelieving:--fool(-ish), unwise.
11:44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that
walk over them are not aware of them.
there is the big smack down in Matthew 23.
MT 23:17 Ye
fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold,
or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
MT 23:19 Ye
fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth
In this passage, the word translated
fools is quite a bit stronger. It is moros.
3474. mwrov moros, mo-ros'
probably from the base of 3466; dull or stupid
(as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (morally) blockhead,
(apparently) absurd:--fool(-ish, X -ishness).
word means BLOCKHEAD. Moros is the same root from which we get moron.
from Greek mo-ros
1 usually offensive : a mildly mentally
2: a very stupid person
Jesus called them morons! I am
sure that this list is not exhaustive. In addition, the apostles also called people
Ac 23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall
smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to
judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?
Ac 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty
and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness,
wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
necessity of using hard hitting words is in the commission to preach.
58:1 ∂ Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
are required to spare not. That means do not soft peddle, do not soften
the blow, do not compromise in any way. We are not to fear them but to tell them
in as blunt of terms as we can that their sins will kill them. I usually choose
my words in such a way as to convey the maximum loathsomeness and perversity of
the sins that they do. I won't use terms like "promiscuous".
That is a euphemism. God uses the term whore. I won't use the term "gay".
I use the term sodomite. I want my words to carry with them all the condemnation
that the Bible heaps on those who do such things. I want my words to prick their
consciences. I want to awaken their consciences. I want them to know that what
they are doing to God and themselves by their sin is very grave. I choose words
There is another reason though,
and it is just as important as conveying uncompromised truth. It has to do with
Jesus' expected and desired results from preaching. When He sent them out in Matthew
10, He told them what to expect. They were to expect rejection, persecution, hatred,
beatings, and even death. But in telling them that, He also said that was the
MT 10:34-36 Think not that
I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I
am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against
her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man's foes
shall be they of his own household.
I am come to..." This is of monumental importance in understanding the street
preaching ministry and what it is to accomplish in the world. Jesus said this
is what I came to do - to divide, to polarize, to separate God's people from the
world. There is very much to be said about this, but I don't want to cover it
What I want to focus on is the purpose
for name calling in the Division that the preaching is SUPPOSED TO PRODUCE.
It has to do with one of the major problems that the world is in. Most people
everywhere see themselves as good people that God loves. Most people in their
sins believe that God will not send them to Hell. They have believed the first
lie in the Garden - "You shall not surely die" - meaning that sin is
Consequently most people are comfortable
in their damnation. They see themselves as good people. That is the most dangerous
place in the universe to be. Condemned, headed for Hell, but convinced that they
are safe. Doubly damned. To the church of Laodicea, Jesus addresses this same
Re 3:15-16 I know thy works, that
thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because
thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
that? Jesus can work with hot. Jesus can work with cold. Jesus CAN NOT
work with lukewarm. As a preacher, since it is Jesus' stated purpose to bring
division by the preaching, I had to understand why Jesus used pejoratives when
addressing those whose hearts were self-righteous and confident of their own goodness.
A preacher can not force a man to make any
particular choice concerning salvation. The Bible says that it is out of the heart
are the issues of life. But what a preacher CAN do is to force a person to declare
the choice that is already in his heart. Since the most dangerous place in the
universe is that place of complacent lukewarmness, that is the last place I can
Whether they are leaning toward
salvation or away, I can not make one or the other happen. But by my preaching,
I can make them make the choice. The bad names fall into this category of action.
If someone decides to go toward the Lord, I push them in that direction. If someone
decides to go against the Lord, I push him even harder to force him as far away
from the Lord as I can. I can not leave them in the place where they think of
themselves as good little people without any danger.
want to elicit every speck of rebellion and hatred of God that is in their hearts.
I want to bring it out into the open. I want them to declare the fullness of the
evil that their heart is treasuring.
MT 12:35 A
good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and
an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
so doing, I am giving them the opportunity of seeing what really is in their hearts.
You see, they don't know what is there.
Jer 17:9 The
heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
forcing out what is really in their heart, they can no longer deceive themselves
that they are good little people that God loves and will not send to Hell.
use name calling to increase the offense and to drive them as far away from where
they think they are at. It does not mean they are lost. Jesus said,
6:37-39 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me;
and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven,
not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's
will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing,
but should raise it up again at the last day.
What the offense does
is strip the sinner of self righteousness and get them moving. Get them out of
the danger zone! Remember that Jesus can work with hot and He can work with cold,
but He can not work with lukewarm.
Think of the name calling as one final
kick in the butt as I aim them down the road out of their complacency. If you
have any questions, please ask them and I will answer.