A Plea to Pastors

This is a letter I originally wrote in 1995 and was also mailed to a number of pastors. In 1999 it was published to my then website up until 2003.

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Dear Pastor,

I ask you to prayerfully consider what is written here, as I am sure it contains a message from God for you, and your congregation. It is my firm conviction that this letter which was originally written in 1995, came about as a result of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I pray you will read with an open heart as to what the Holy Spirit would speak to your heart.

If we are to ever see a much needed outpouring of God's Spirit bringing revival, we must get serious about God's Word, about prayer, and the way we live. We must approach God with sincere humble hearts with an attitude and willingness to sacrifice. Sacrifice our will, our desires, our comforts, and our pleasures. We are in a war with Satan and his evil forces, and too many of the Christians are skipping across the battle ground like they are picking daisies!

As a pastor or leader of your congregation, you have an obligation before God to preach and teach the WHOLE Word of God, no matter if you think your congregation wants to hear it or not. You may be surprised, for people are hungry, and people are perishing for lack of the truth. If some folks get mad and leave the church, so be it. Which numbers are most important, how many are in the pews, or how many are written in the Book of Life? God will ultimately bless if we take a stand for Him and put forth His Word. You will recall in John chapter six that many quit following Jesus because He was not telling them what they wanted to hear, but He told them the truth! Those who believe and want to hear the truth will remain, as those who remained with Jesus.

You may say, I preach the WHOLE Word of God. If that is so, God Bless You! Pastor, are you preaching Jesus - The WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE? Are you preaching REPENTANCE and what it means? Are you preaching about the RESURRECTION of a soon coming King who will judge the quick and the dead? Are you preaching Romans 12:1-2 about how our bodies are to be a living SACRIFICE, HOLY, acceptable to God, which is our REASONABLE SERVICE to the one who gave His life's blood for us?

Pastor, are you preaching Titus 2:11-12, how we are to live Godly and pure in this PRESENT WORLD? Are you preaching 1 John 2:15, 16, 17, where we are told to NOT love the world and the things in the world for it is not of the Father? Are you preaching on Colossians 3, which tells us what to seek and where to center affections? Are you preaching on 1 John 4, preparing the sheep to test the spirits and not be overcome with false doctrine? Are you teaching them to keep their eyes on Jesus, to compare their lives to God's Word and not to each other, or to the world?

Dear Pastor, I must ask you again, Are you preaching the WHOLE Word of God? Just as importantly Pastor, Are you living the WHOLE Word of God? Someone once said, He who has no fire in himself cannot warm others. Is your heart right before God? Is your life in line with His Word, and therefore pleasing to Him? If Jesus came to visit you, could you take Him with you through your day and not be ashamed? I pray you could. If you are preaching the WHOLE Word of God, and living it like we are instructed to live it, again, I say, Bless you! Please know that God hears your prayers and your work is therefore pleasing in His sight.

If you are not preaching the WHOLE Word of God . . . . WHAT are you preaching? Please look to John 6:63;

It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

In John 6:45b, Jesus said;

Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Then in Isaiah 55:10-11, God said;

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The Spirit of God spoke to my heart while I was in prayer, my heart breaking for the lost. He gave me these very words, not in an audible voice, but in a way clearer than that, PEOPLE CRYING, PEOPLE DYING, REACH OUT AND SHOW THEM, JESUS MADE A WAY. This letter to you, Pastor, is part of my reaching out. Did you not go into the Ministry to teach about God, and to lead souls to Christ? Then teach HIS WORDS, not words of the flesh of man! There is saving power ONLY in the Word of God! 1 Corinthians 1:17;

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Again, Pastor, I ask you, for the glory of the Father, for the sake of Jesus, for the souls of those who are perishing, preach the WHOLE Word of God! Preach it as you've never preached it before . . . . like maybe your soul's eternity depended on it.

May Jesus Christ lead and guide you into His perfect will is my prayer.

Sincerely in Christ, ~ Jim tiny cross