As you know by now, we at Truthinator’s Blog are conducting interviews with notable people around the world for the purpose of gaining insight from their knowledge and experience. The names are kept secret because we are not trying to impress you with our list of notable friends & acquaintances. This is about the information only.
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Truthinator: Tell me about your background. How long have you been a Christian, how long have you been in ministry, and so forth.
Guest: I trusted in Christ 43 years ago. I graduated with a BA in the Bible from a small Baptist college. I have pastored churches for over 15 years. I am also a small business accountant and tax professional.
T: What has changed most in the world around you over the last 30 years? Do you see these changes as being good or bad?
G: The greatest change I have seen in the world is a clear departure from Bible doctrine and practices. In today’s time it is becoming more difficult to find churches that are standing for the doctrinal truths of God’s Word . There is also a great decrease in teaching the importance of leading holy lives of separation from the sinful world. There seems to be even fewer churches that are using Scriptural methods of evangelism and worship. All of these things are causing churches of the day to become carnal and filled with those who profess Christianity but live sinful lives.
T: Is the world’s perception of Christians changing? Why or why not?
G: Absolutely, the world is continuing to loose respect for Christians and their teachings. Much of this is taking place because of the carnal condition of our churches that I just talked about. We have no one to blame but ourselves for the world loosing respect for us and our message. Why should they desire to follow our message and example when we have become just as they are and, in some ways, even worse?
T: What approach should ministry take in reaching out to the postmodern, post church world?
G: From my perspective, by holding fast to the truth of God’s Word and then proclaiming it to God’s people, we will strengthen our members and enable them to live Godly lives of service to Him. I believe the Lord will bless those who simply keep teaching His truth and doing things in His way. When the Lord told us “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me” He meant it. His people will respond to the truth of His Word and they will come to Him and be taught of Him. It is a natural part of becoming a new creature in Christ.
T: Do you shoot people from cannons or drive motorcycles onto the stage at your church? Why or why not?
G: I think every church should strive to keep as much entertainment and carnal methods out of them as humanly possible. Why? “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God”. Need I say more?
T: Excellent point. I apologize for being facetious. How important is the Bible to ministry today considering that most people do not know nor care to know much about it?
G: I think I have already answered this question basically. It is very important to teach His Word in EVERY service. I do have to say I disagree slightly when you say “considering that most people do not know nor care to know much about it” I have found that those who are truly saved do care about it and they do exhibit a hunger for the Word. The problem is that we have many churches today filled with unbelievers. Of course, they will not desire the Word. Our problem is we have appealed to their flesh to get them to come into our assemblies and, therefore, we must continue to appeal to their flesh to keep them.
We all need to be content with allowing the Lord to save those that are His and then bring them into our assemblies. If more did this, things would be much different. We would have smaller churches filled with people who desired His Word and desired to serve Him. Speaking from experience, it is a tremendous blessing to pastor and teach in a church that loves the Lord and desires His Word to be proclaimed. It is the closest thing to heaven that we can experience on earth.
T: Very well said. Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this interview series.