Friday, January 20, 2017

Garrett in Guyana: Day 7

Pastor Roger Jimenez has a great soul-winning training seminar on video.

Foundation Baptist Church has a hospital ministry, and on Day 7 Brother Garrett Kirchway got to work in that ministry. It was Brother Kirchway and two other guys, and they preached the Gospel at two different hospitals.

Here’s how they do it there: First they pass out tracts to everyone sitting in the waiting area, and then someone preaches a Gospel message to the group. After that, they have an invitation where they ask for a show of hands of people who aren’t sure they are going to Heaven. Those who raise their hand are given the opportunity to be dealt with in a more personal way with an even more thorough presentation. Eight people were willing to come forward and listen to the Gospel that day, and three of those eight people got saved.

After that, Brother Garrett Kirchway and Pastor Ram Angad from New Testament Baptist Church went door-to-door soul winning in Pastor Ram’s neighborhood, and they got two more people saved. Later that evening, Pastor Ram put up some banners advertising the 40-day revival, while Brother Kirchway worked on preparing sermons.

That night they had the Wednesday night church service. Pastor Ram is showing Pastor Jimenez’ Soul Winning Seminar on Wednesday nights, and the people are really enjoying it. I am always glad to hear about churches using that course since it is such an excellent resource for learning to present the Gospel in a thorough way. It also has a lot of practical tips for being polite out soul-winning that you may have never even thought about.

Pastor Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento has been soul-winning every week since he was a kid, so he really knows his stuff. If you haven’t watched the videos yet, I encourage you to take the time to watch them—even if you are already an experienced soul winner.

A lady that Pastor Ram and Brother Garrett won to the Lord out soul-winning showed up to church on Wednesday night, which was a blessing. I definitely look forward to the updates from Brother Garrett each day, and I’m excited about what God is going to do through his preaching during the 40-day revival.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20

Click here to watch Pastor Jimenez Soul-Winning Seminar.

Click here to help finance the 40-day Revival in Guyana.

Garret in Guyana: Days 5 & 6

Bro. Kirchway ready to preach to a classroom at Charleston Secondary School

Brother Garrett Kirchway asked Pastor Ram Angad what kind of sermons he wanted him to preach during the 40-Day Revival, which officially starts on January 25th. Pastor Ram said he would like to have some sermons on end times prophecy, apostasy, false religions in the area, eternal security, and laziness.

Day 5

Brother Kirchway worked on his sermons for part of the day while it was raining, but when the rain let up, he went out soul winning in the neighborhood where he is staying. This area, which is considered affluent, wasn’t as receptive as other neighborhoods he has been to, but he was still able to get two people saved. Later, he went out with Pastor Angad to buy some lumber for the new church pews.

Day 6

Pastor Angad had set up an appointment the night before for them to preach at a secondary school in Georgetown. The principal seemed to have a great attitude over the phone and told them they would be preaching to around 600 students. When they walked in that morning, things had changed. The principal had a totally different demeanor, and it seemed like she didn’t even want them to be there. Thankfully, Pastor Angad was able to talk her into letting them preach to at least some of the students.

The principal talked to a supervisor who was very excited about letting them preach to his group of students. Pastor Angad and Brother Kirchway ended up with an audience of about 50 students total from two different classrooms. When Brother Kirchway was setting up the camera to video tape the assembly, the principal told us that would not be allowed. They were able to snap a few photos even though they didn’t film the presentation (see photo above).

They preached the Gospel to those 50 kids, and both the students and their supervisor seemed very receptive. The supervisor seemed to be enjoying it and even pulled out his iPhone and filmed some of the presentation. Brother Kirchway estimated that around 35-40 of the kids raised their hand indicating that they wanted to be saved before he led them in a group prayer. Hopefully, many of them understood and believed. On the way out, each student was issued a sermon flash drive loaded with key sermons.

Brother Kirchway asked Pastor Angad why he thought the principal had changed her mind about having them speak to the entire school, and he said that she was a devout Seventh Day Adventist. Maybe she had talked to someone and found out that Baptists do not believe the same way as Seventh Day Adventists about salvation.

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28

Here is a sermon exposing the Seventh Day Adventists

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Missionary Joshua Rhoades Won't Let Garrett Even Visit His Church

“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.” 3 John, verse 9

Brother Garrett Kirchway, who is currently on a missions trip in Guyana, was looking for a church to attend on Thursday night since a lot of churches have a Thursday night service. He found out about an IFB church pastored by Joshua Rhoades and gave Mr. Rhoades a call to ask for directions.

Brother Garrett had given his first name and said that he was looking for a church to attend that night. Rhoades, an American missionary in Guyana, was apparently suspicious of an American wanting to visit and questioned Brother Garrett further about who he was and where he was from.

“My name is Garrett Kirchway, and I’m from Arizona. So far I've been going to New Testament Baptist Church, and on Sunday I was at Foundation Baptist Church.”

“Do you have anything at all to do with Steven Anderson?”

“Yes, that’s my home church.”

“Well then you wouldn’t even be welcome here.”

What in the world! Joshua Rhoades has never met me or Brother Garrett to have anything against us personally. Obviously, he must be aware of some doctrinal differences, but so what? A Hindu or Buddhist would obviously be welcome to attend the church, but a fellow Baptist with doctrinal differences is not? I can’t help but wonder what he has against us. Is it my position on the post-trib rapture or the hard preaching against Sodomites?

What is the scriptural reason to not allow Garrett to even visit his church? Is Garrett a drunk? No. A fornicator? No. An idolater? No. What could he have possibly done to offend Pastor Rhoades? He hadn't even spoken with him or met him!

Perhaps Joshua Rhoades preaches another gospel? It kind of looks that way, unless his doctrinal statement was a careless copy and paste from another church. The following is a quote from the salvation section of the doctrinal statement on Missionary Joshua Rhoades’ website: 

“…It involves repentance (a change of mind concerning sin and a turning from it) and faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work on the cross of Calvary…”

Even the repent-of-your-sins-to-be-saved crowd normally welcomes those of a different stripe, so could it be that this guy is offended by my preaching against the homos? One of the most common reasons other pastors won’t fellowship with me is that I have said that no homo will ever be allowed in our church. Even many of the more mainstream independent fundamental Baptist churches have something in their bylaws that allows them to kick out Sodomites, so it’s strange that so many take offense to me just saying it out loud.

I wonder if Sodomites are welcome to visit Joshua Rhoades’ church? All I know is that Brother Garrett Kirchway, a soul-winning Baptist missionary, is not.

Here is a sermon that covers SCRIPTURAL reasons to not allow someone to attend church (drunkenness, fornication, etc.)

Garrett in Guyana: Days 2 and 3

Day 2

Pastor Ram Angad recently requested that the city grade the street where the church building is located. This would normally take a long time, but they somehow pushed it through immediately, so it is nice and smooth for the 40-day revival. Instead of having to rent a tent every year for $2,400, Brother Angad is hoping to purchase or make one that he can use year after year. He also decided to buy some lumber to build more pews since the price of renting chairs is going up this year. The men of the church have been working on the new baptistery, which is looking good and is almost complete.

Saturday was their regular soul-winning time, and Brother Kirchway got to preach the “soul-winning charge” before they headed out. Brother Kirchway’s team knocked four doors and got three people saved, which goes to show how receptive people are there. Neo’s team got two people saved, so it was a fruitful morning.

Brother Garrett’s impression of the people of Guyana so far is that they are a shy and humble people. Interestingly, they seem to know a lot of Bible, meaning they can quote some of the salvation verses, but they are usually not saved. Many of them have just never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel.

“And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.” Acts 8:30-31

Day 3

On Sunday, Brother Kirchway spent some time at another church, Foundation Baptist Church. He had already been asked to preach in their evening service, but that morning when he met with the pastor, the pastor requested that he share his testimony and preach during the morning service. During the testimony, Brother Kirchway mentioned that he has a passion for soul winning and wants to go soul-winning every single day while he’s there. A couple of children came up to him after the service, expressing an interest in soul winning with him. Their parents don’t go to that church, so Brother Garrett was thinking that maybe he could try to meet with the parents and check their salvation and maybe arrange for the kids to go out soul-winning with him and his wife Neo.

After the morning service, the pastor and his family took Brother Kirchway to lunch at Pizza Hut. Brother Kirchway really appreciated that and had a great time of fellowship with this dear family. He told them all about what happened to him in Botswana, and the pastor asked him to talk about that in the evening sermon since he wants his congregation to be prepared for future persecution.

Both the morning and the evening services went very well. Brother Kirchway made a lot of contacts and various preaching opportunities were set up for the next week. One of the young men in the church talked about his hospital ministry where Brother Kirchway will be able to preach in the lobby. Another opportunity will be preaching in a Christian club that meets in a high school during lunchtime. They told Brother Kirchway they wanted him to preach hard against fornication and alcohol to the Christian kids there.

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isaiah 58:1

Here is a link to Garrett preaching in a public school in Guyana on his first day there

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CULT - World Mission Society Church of God

My sister and brother-in-law were recently approached in Walmart by a man carrying an NIV who asked them if they were familiar with the “Church of God.” After they responded that they were Baptists, he proceeded to announce that God is also female and that the Bible talks about a “Heavenly mother.” At first, they thought the female he might be referring to was Mary or maybe even “Shekinah,” but it was something even weirder.

They rebuked his strange doctrine with scripture and schooled him on some other things including the Bible version issue. They tried to give him the gospel throughout the discussion, but he kept going to back to the female God thing. They challenged him to show them that from the Bible, and he took them to Galatians 4:26.

"But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." - Galatians 4:26

This seemingly intelligent, well-spoken young man actually believed that "Jerusalem" in that verse is God and felt that he had successfully proven that God has a female persona. The guy’s beliefs defied logic, and my brother-in-law even got him to admit that he believed only people who go to his church will go to Heaven—a textbook sign of a cult. The cult member also admitted to believing that Old Testament saints like King David burned in Hell until Jesus visited them after the crucifixion and told them how to get out.

He denied the simple truth of John 3:16, stating that you also have to also keep the Passover and Sabbath to be saved. Admittedly, that part of the discussion was kind of a moot point since the guy believed in a female God, but at least they hit him with several verses in an attempt to get through to him.

Apparently, a couple of verses in Galatians that mention "Jerusalem" are the basis of a cult called World Mission Society Church of God, which was founded by a man in Korea who they believe was the second coming of Jesus Christ! If you’ve ever wondered how Jim-Jones style cults recruit people, apparently, they might approach you while you’re out shopping.

Poor people in third world countries often fall prey to bizarre cult leaders and antichrists, but it’s surprising that a seemingly educated American was worshiping a woman in Korea as God! He said that Jerusalem IS a woman and that she lives in Korea. At one point, he even had the audacity to say that she is God's wife! This already brainwashed person was not interested in hearing the Roman’s Road.

We aren’t the only ones out there proselytizing, so we need to try to reach people before someone else does. Unfortunately, there are gullible people all over the world who might be just as receptive to joining a cult as they would be to getting saved.

“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.” Proverbs 14:15

Here is a video to go along with this story

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Staying Married to Your Current Spouse

“But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Matthew 5:32

The Bible clearly teaches that if you divorce your spouse and marry someone else, then you are committing adultery. People will sometimes misunderstand this concept and assume that they are living in a perpetual state of adultery if they’ve been divorced and remarried.

They’ll wonder if they are still married to the first person in God’s eyes, but that is not the case. The Bible teaches that once you remarry, it would be an abomination for you to go back to your former spouse—even after your current spouse dies. The only couples who are supposed to be reconciled are people who have gotten divorced but have both remained unmarried.

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. And when she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, which took her to be his wife; Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before the Lord: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.” Deuteronomy 24:1-4

“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” 1 Corinthians 7:10-11

As a pastor, it is my job to preach against the wicked sin of divorce. I want to try to prevent people who have not already made that mistake from ever going down that road. Not only that, but if you are on your second or third marriage, I’m not trying to tear you down for your past sins. I’m warning you not to divorce your current spouse. Stay with the person you are married to right now because whoever you are currently married to is now God’s will for your life.

People have accused me of being a fraud because my parents are divorced and have both remarried. Since when is it the child’s fault when his parents get divorced? The only reason these people even know that about my parents is because I have mentioned it from the pulpit. Obviously, I am not trying to keep it a secret.

I’ve forgiven my parents, and I’m not mad at half of our society that gets divorced, but I’m not going to downplay divorce or stop preaching against it. God hates it, and it destroys families. If you have committed that sin in the past, you ought not be offended when you hear preaching on the subject. Don’t you want the younger generation to avoid the heartache and punishment you have experienced? Even if you don’t have children with you in church, I would think that you would want your current spouse to hear preaching that will give him or her a reason to stick with you through the bad times.

Here is a sermon to go with this article

Monday, January 16, 2017

Flee Fornication

“Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18

 Fornication is defined as a man and a woman sleeping together before marriage. This sin is condemned throughout the Bible, especially in the New Testament. We are all sinners, but not all sin is equal. The Bible teaches that fornication is so serious that it can get you thrown out of the church.

“But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.” 1 Corinthians 5:11

“…Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” 1 Corinthians 5:13b

If you are saved and sleeping with someone you aren’t married to, you need to repent of that sin. If you are living together, and you’re not married, then you are living in sin. If you plan to keep coming to church, your options are to get married or stop living together.

The Bible teaches that we should only have physical relations within marriage, so if you aren’t married yet, you need to deny that ungodly lust and wait until you get married to enjoy the benefits of marriage. If you aren’t ready to marry the person you are dating, then you shouldn’t be sleeping together. Have some self-control and respect for your body!

“For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

People who commit fornication for the first time often do not end up marrying that person but go on to be with person after person. Our bodies were not designed to exchange bacteria with hundreds of different people. In fact, there are infections people can get that are not considered STDs per say but are virtually unheard of in people who got married as virgins and have had only one partner. I realize that people die and their spouse can remarry, but sleeping with more than a few people in your lifetime is very unhealthy. In fact, the Bible calls it filthy.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:” Revelation 17:4

Even if you are in a monogamous relationship, fornication is still wrong. Remember the story of Dinah in Genesis chapter 34?

“And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her.”

“And they said, Should he deal with our sister as with an harlot?”

So many women today are in relationships where they would like to get married, but the guy won’t marry them. These jerks need to do the right thing, but the women are also to blame. Unfortunately, the old adage still holds true: Why buy the cow if you can get the milk free?

Here is a sermon to go with this article.