Break #44

One more small bunny trail before we get on to the possibly 'tough' conclusions dealing with our flesh and the understandings that we all need to have in order for us to exhibit some 'godly wisdom' in a few matters of importance - matters that most Christian folks do not understand and then fault God later when they think "He didn't come through for me!"

Over the many years of this website ministry, a number of folks have written questions, comments & thoughts. They have sent me devotions and misc. quotes they have found, etc. and thankfully, continue to do so to this day.  While I have not been responding to them as often and as quickly as I used to over the years, I still have a 'burden' about them.  Don't misunderstand me... I do enjoy receiving them as many of them make me think and rethink what they wrote; they make me check my Scriptures to make sure what I said to either prompt their email or if and how I should respond, of course making sure what I say is correct, according to the Scriptures, not according to my opinion or religious training, etc.

My recent 'burden' is that I don't want to offend or shut them down - or anger them, etc.  Now, I know what the common response to that comment will be for many of the tough crowd - they will say to me... "Don't worry about what people think - ya have to say what you have to say - so say it!"

Well, to me, it isn't that easy anymore.  When I first got into the "Paul Thing" as I call it, it was with a bit of concern - I mean, it wasn't the typical baptist line that I had learned over the years.  I could see that where I was going was going to probably go against almost all we had been taught - AND - against all that I had been teaching and preaching.

But as I promised the church folks at the time, I said I would teach whatever I would learn from the Scriptures - the KJB!
So I did!

At first, it opened our eyes more and more!  The growth in understanding, assurance, joy and peace was more than spectacular.  But as we got into Paul's manner of life, things quickly began to deteriorate.. The men who had previously told me to 'go ahead and preach, we can take it' suddenly didn't quite mean what they had been saying.  Those 'amens' became more and more silent and for the remaining ones I continued to hear, I KNEW were not meant from the heart. But I also knew we had to do the "T's", meaning I and II Timothy and Titus, the books from Paul where one finds most of the 'walk' commandments that are written TO us today.

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual,
let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
I Corinthians 14:37 

Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus,
that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God,
so ye would abound more and more.
For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
I Thessalonians 4:1,2

Well, being the one in the pulpit, I was able to 'preach it' - 'park there' - etc. for a little while at first.  But knowing then what I knew about their families and the goings on in their lives, it became harder and harder to speak the truth about what Paul would teach us - and how to teach people how to... 'turn to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."  (I Thessalonians 1:9,10).  

So, eventually, following a bunch of hateful rumors, doubts and anger and growing financial withholdings - because of the nature of the preaching, I ended up leaving and moving back to the Midwest.  Well, first I tried Ohio - and then after even more hateful rumors and other challenges (brought on from a baptist pastor in town who knew I was coming and had laid the destructive roadblocks to stop me - even before I arrived), I also quickly realized one more serious issue:  I found myself preaching and teaching to 'keep' the financial support coming in.  In other words, while I had excellent financial promises and monthly support, as I continued to preach what I saw needed to be preached and taught, I saw financial support falling away, little by little, all with 'decent' excuses, of course.  

I was ashamed with myself that I was becoming like all the others out there in America's pulpits - letting the dangers of the love of money become my number one concern.. I just knew I could not continue to prepare those sermons always wondering about that support, etc., so I shut that ministry down within 3 months and found 'normal' employment back in my home state of SD doing what I had been trained to do - teach music to kids.  So, I found a job and here I am... but yay, the website ministry still exists - as a work of evangelism, not church building (or 'planting' as the bible believers call it)

My point is that Paul says to do the work of an evangelist and I am convinced that evangelists don't build churches!  Now, as much as I believe and teach that a local church can come out of Paul's preaching and teaching, I also am aware... 1) how deep we are in the falling away today; 2) just ow much folks hatefully disagree with KJB Only, Paul Only, Rightly Dividing according to Paul and the people that believe KJB, etc.  l; 3) of their seemingly unbreakable fleshly desire and addictive need for membership at a local church; 4) their insecure need for fellowship, etc.; 5) their lack of willingness to suffer persecution as Paul states will happen; 6) how the flesh tends to win most battles today (thus the reason for this 'flesh series')... and 7) how hard it is to reject and forget what one had learned from their previous denominational religion and start over fresh with a rightly divided KJB and Paul's writings only (learning what is TO them and what is FOR them).

In some of the 'breaks' to come, some designed on my own observations on the need for something to be taught and others based on emails from other folks who have sent great questions as well as on my observation that what some folks will say will go contrary to Paul's teachings - with most of those folks just not realizing it, of course.  I find myself still wanting to treading lightly - often not doing any break sermons because, 1) I know what I need to say keeping it simple, and 2) I know I need to do the complete study for that subject, even it is for just a short break or two and the time or energy is not always there.  I often lie awake at night wondering how to say what needs to be said so it will be accepted and not rejected - thus pushing folks over the cliff of fellowship and eventually shooing people away from the Risen Saviour instead of bringing them closer...

Ephesians is very clear about Paul and his concerns for the 'body of Christ' when he says: But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ... and then 14 verses later stating we should speak ...that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Paul is very clear that to those who will listen, ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  In fact, I would strongly suggest that you read Ephesians 4:11-32 to see the details in just how deep and concerned Paul was with his goals and objectives for those who would listen to him.  Those verses are to be the goals and objectives of the local church today - NOT Acts 2:41-47 and/or Mark 16:16-20 - which I guarantee are the goals for every church who rejects the KJB and Paul as their only apostle.

If you are willing to be 'part of that kind of body,' then you will hear what I have to say, knowing it is from the Scriptures because you can check it for yourself - and will hear it well and will act on it the best way you can. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  I Corinthians 3:10

However, if you are NOT willing, then I figure we should look at what Paul says about speaking sound words and sound doctrine to people who just don't believe the preaching from Paul and a KJB. (II Timothy 1:13; 4:2-4)  The key word is 'endure'.  It isn't that folks just don't want to hear the truth, nor is it that they can not actually 'take it.' Paul's teachings are NOT hard to do..  But what the Scriptures say is that they will not ENDURE sound doctrine!  They will find teachers, pastors, websites, devotional books from all sorts of loving and caring authors and preachers who, with their kind words and fair speeches, will turn people AWAY from the truth and will turn them unto fables.  These people will then, 'after their own lusts shall they help to themselves teachers, having itching ears.

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly;
and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Romans 16:18 

Thus Paul concludes that little dissertation by telling us to do the work of an evangelist - watch in all things, endure afflictions - make full proof of thy ministry.  Paul kept the faith - he fought a good fight - he finished his course!  Now it is up to us to not only tell others but to be willing to be told ourselves what the truth is and be willing to throw away our former teachings and look to the Scriptures ONLY - and follow Paul ONLY, the ONLY apostle and minister we are to follow - NOT the twelve from the gospels, etc..

People say they think it is hard learning what the risen Saviour teaches to us today.  They should try preaching and teaching it to those whom they care about and love!

It didn't take me long to understand Paul's words when he said:
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears;
not that ye should be grieved,
but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
II Corinthians 2:4

And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you;
though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
II Corinthians 12:15

Now, back onto the trail and the series on our flesh!


Mikel Paulson
P.O. Box 327
302 Western Ave.
Hazelton, ND, 58544
509-876-1611  cell phone