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Sunday, March 11, 2018



Ephesians 1:5, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,”

Ephesians 1:11, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.”

 There are some things in life that God desires that He allows us to decide. You have the acceptable will and the perfect will of God in Scriptures. God tells us areas we are to choose from in every area of life. We can choose from the acceptable or the perfect will in every area of life.

 Adam and Eve had many species of trees in the Garden of Eden. The majority of those they could choose from while one of them was off limits. Any time that you choose any thing from the area that God says you may choose from you are in God’s will. Now, it is not necessarily the perfect will but nevertheless it is acceptable to God.

There are some things God does not want us to choose from

 II Corinthians chapter six is an example. There is a list of those that God forbids His children to fellowship with. God is telling us that there are certain people God does not want us to choose from. God is saying, “I don’t want you to fellowship with an unbeliever, unrighteous person, or an infidel.”

This leaves the acceptable and perfect will of God to choose from 

 Thus, this leaves the acceptable and the perfect will of God to choose from while only one is the perfect will of God.

 Some married inside the will of God and maybe did not get the one, but married one that was acceptable. There are some things that God desires that He allows us to decide.

 God allows us to decide whom to marry, where to go to college, where to work, what clothes to wear, what food to eat, what car to drive, or what house to live in. In other words it is the will of God that He wants you to choose. This is called the good will, the acceptable will, but not necessarily the perfect will.

 However, there is an area that is the predestinated will of God. I am not speaking about going to Hell or Heaven. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. There are some things that are in the predestinated will of God and they are going to happen.

There are some things that God desires that He decides

 You did not choose your parents. Your parents were chosen by God and were in the predestinated will of God for your life. You did not choose your children. You did not decide what child you wanted. Your children are apart of the predestinated will of God. You did not choose where you were born. Where you were born was included in the predestinated will of God. There are areas in your lives, which are apart of the predestinated will of God.

 God has a lot of wills or wishes for every area of your life. It is a misnomer to say the will of God because in reality there are many wills or wishes God had for His children. Among those are the areas we are to choose from with one of them actually being the ONE that God had in mind. Then there are the areas that were God’s choice alone.

The perfect will of God is when we choose what or whom God has chosen

 There are things we have no control over at all and God makes those choices for us. There are those areas where we are forbid to choose from. Then there are the good, acceptable, and the one perfect will which God had in mind to begin with. The perfect will of God is God’s choice and your choice. The perfect will of God is when you choose what or whom God has chosen.

 The predestinated will is God’s choice, the acceptable will is your choice, while the perfect will of God is your choice and God’s choice. So, there is God’s decision, our decision not to choose from the unacceptable, and our decision to choose from God’s choice.

Thursday, March 8, 2018



Proverbs 19:10, “Delight is not seemly for a fool; much less for a servant to have rule over princes.”

Matthew 20:25-28, “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion oer them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Every Leader is a Second Man

Every leader is in essence a second man for Jesus is the head. A pastor for example is not the number one man of the local church for Jesus is the head of the local church. The pastor is an assistant to Jesus Christ and in every area of our lives God has installed what Dr. John R. Rice calls “God’s deputies.” We are stewards of God and the responsibilities are God given.

No one has a right to lead as he or she sees fit for God gave us our opportunity and also our guidelines for each area where we are “God’s deputies.” I did not use the kind of music I liked rather I allowed in the two churches I pastored the kind of music God likes. The standards were never my standards for they were God’s standards. The organization or church polity was not what I preferred rather it was what God mandated from his word.

The same is true of the family unit. I had and have no right to lead my family into anything that is harmful to them according to the word of God. The restrictions I have are those imposed by the “boss” or “Lord.”

Whether it is a matter of finances, child rearing, or education we have to realize our position is that of a second man and allow God to run these areas of life for he certainly knows better how to run that which he created.
Leaders come from Followers

No one has ever trained any one to be a leader, for leaders come from followers. Those who have a passion and employ those passions and direct them to succeed usually rise out of the crowd and provide passionate initiative and garner the admiration of the rest of the crowd to follow. His confidence is not cockiness but confidence, for it is hard work that produces that which others desire to emulate

Followers can be trained to do what is right to do and to do it well. Passion comes from the inside  and fueled by the outside. Doing things well fuels passion that is inward resulting in visible works.

Real Leaders do not Relish leading

I knew and preached with several great men of God who accomplished the greatest things in history. These were all quiet men who did not enjoy leadership such as Dr. John R. Rice, Evangelist Lester Roloff, Dr. Lee Roberson, Dr. Tom Malone, Evangelist Carl Hatch, Dr. Jack Hutson, Dr. Curtis Hudson, and Dr. Jack Hyles. These men were not seeking spotlighted roles for they were too busy doing to be seeking.

I had the honor of traveling and preaching with Dr. Jack Hyles for 22 years. Interesting that he was always home in his own pulpit every Wednesday night. I made it a policy to make sure I was home in my own pulpit every Wednesday night and there for Church-wide soul winning on Thursday night. No one can neglect their own vineyard and expect folks to follow who are working that same vineyard.

Leaders are Pushed up from the Bottom

Dr. Hyles said to me one time there are five kinds of people: followers of leaders, leaders of followers, leaders of leaders, follower of followers (church splits), and followers of leaders of leaders (TV preachers).

Real dynamic leaders who accomplished the impossible were not concerned with the spotlight for they were too busy reaching one person at a time back home in order to be flattered into a role they were not comfortable with. The truth is they were comfortable in their own skin doing what God commanded them to do and not what the crowds demanded of them.

The reason these men and others were pushed up from the bottom was because they had no desire for personal compensation for they were wrapped up in winning souls and building their ministries to win more souls. Today we have everyone running to the spotlight and neglecting personal soul winning.

Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor of THE SWORD OF THE LORD paper, said to me recently that he was sick of pastors coming up to him and asking, “What is the latest thing?” This is a day of wanting a big church rather than ministering to the individual.

Leaders lead more by Example than by Exhortation

A pastor of a great church one time said to me he almost lost everything because his church was so organized that he was preaching out more and quit going soul winning himself. Then the church began to slow down in her aggressiveness to win the lost because like begets like. Sooner or later the leader will find himself being reflected in his church member for they are nothing more than a reflection of him. God’s men and all leaders must lead much more by example than exhortation.

Sunday, February 25, 2018



Psalm 35:14, “I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.”

Psalm 41:9, “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.”

Many years ago a young man was driving his new Ford automobile and it broke down and he was stranded. An elderly man happened to be driving by and he stopped and asked the young man if he needed help. The young man smarted off to the older man “Yea, I need help but no old man like you would be able to help. Just go on old man!” As a result Henry Ford drove away! It might do the youth in our churches of America to listen to those who have preceded them and paved the way for them.

In these 46 years of being an ordained and licensed Baptist preacher I have been asked this question over and over again, “How do you keep your confidence in people?” Please allow me to say I do have confidence in the human race! I am not disillusioned with mankind. I still have confidence in people. I pastored for 33 years literally hundreds of people whom I loved that chose to turn on me.

I have listened to people say, “I’m becoming bitter at people! I’m disappointed in people! Preacher how do you keep from being disenchanted with people? How do you pastor still trust people after being betrayed?”


We are so funny! We repair watches by sending them to a repair shop in order to open it up and fix the insides so it will function. No sensible man or woman will throw the watch on the floor and stomp it to pieces.

Here is a new word, for those of you reading this chapter; it is called “Christian.” What a fresh concept of not only acting like a Christian but also being a Christian with our relationship with those who attack us! How about blessing those who curse you? How about overcoming evil with good? How about doing good to those who despitefully use you? “Preacher that is just not natural!” Of course not but it is supernatural!


It may be that you are the only person they express hatred for. If there are 6 plus billion people on planet earth. If anyone loves us they can hate the rest of the world and they are considered to be good people by us. If anyone hates us they can love the rest of the world and they are bad people in our eyes. In essence we judge every one based on how they treat us. This is nothing but a picture of our own self-centeredness and selfishness.

Some of you reading this chapter are having a tough time having confidence in people and the truth is you have become bitter. You find yourself absolutely refusing to trust anyone again.

You are reading an article written by an author who is not disillusioned by the human race. I have not lost confidence in people and I refuse to live mistrusting people because of a few bad experiences.


One of the difficulties as humans we possess in our human relationships is the inability to discern and dissimilate. When friendship trumps truth then we hide behind the guise of “loyalty” because of our friendships. However, we become “disloyal” to truth in order to be “loyal” to a friend, family member, or even a pastor and create wrong emotions.

Years ago there was church member who once a year would set an appointment with me. He would come to the office with a list of all the mistakes I had made the previous year. Of course there were only a few! Ha!

One day my secretary told me this church member was next for counseling. She then paused and said to me, “Everyone in this church knows he is a trouble maker and a critic. You don’t have to see him if you don’t want too!” I said, “No, I want to see him!” She just shook her head and led the man into my office.

He pulled out a piece of paper and began to go down his list. I took my pad out and began to list his concerns. The truth is the first five were ridiculous and petty. However, when he began to tell me of his sixth concern the Holy Spirit began to convict me and it was painful. 

I circled number six on my pad and said to myself, “Dear Lord, if you will let me live I promise I will correct that! Thank you Holy Spirit!” Of course I did not let him know! I still have my pride! Ha! When he left I dropped to my knees and asked the Lord to forgive me and I made things right!

There is no such thing as a universal “body of Christ.” There are only local churches and thus only a local body. We are not the “bride of Christ.” You have to have a marriage before you can have a bride. We are “espoused” to Christ, but only after the rapture will there be a marriage. So, if that were true then it must be understood that every “body” has a “heel.”

When you surround yourself with nothing but “Yes” it can be dangerous for you and them! Preachers are right so much of the time that they begin to think they are right all the time! 

·      I believed there were people I pastored who would stand by me come Hell or high water
·      I believed there were some who would leave me and yet not be my enemies
·      I believed there were those whom I pastored who would turn on me

The key to all of this is found in verse 14, “…I behaved myself as though he had been my friend…” I quickly learned that it is impossible to be the pastor or preacher that I should be unless I looked at each church member as being a part of group one. I on purpose placed individual church members in-group one. 


It is best to behave myself as though each were my friend. I can still hear my preacher, Dr. Jack Hyles say, “Not all of you are loyal, but each of you are loyal.” I determine to look at the churches I pastored as being in-group one and never number two or number three.

It is wise to look at the human race like that. I want to be surprised when it does happen so I can enjoy what I am doing for the Lord. This way I enjoy the assets of each member without their liabilities up until the very end. It is best for me if I assume each member was for me. It is best for them if I assume that they are for me.

People who spend their lives looking for enemies have nothing left to spend on their friends! My desire was to be shocked.  Hold it! I am not shocked that it is GOING to happen, but just not today. I am not shocked that in the future someone will turn on me because the odds dictate it will happen. However, I want to be shocked at WHO it is that turns on me.

I refuse to spend my life speculating about people! If I have a problem I deal with it, fix it, and move on. I refuse to categorize people into group three.

I was blessed at Longview Baptist Temple of Longview, Texas, where I pastored for 29 ½ years. God gave me 33 of the finest deacons a pastor could ever ask for. I know that in almost three decades of pastoring LBT that one or two deacons turned on me. 

I knew in the future one or two deacons would turn on me, but I just refused to believe it to be any one of the 33 I served with at the time. I refused to think it would be any given deacon. I wanted to be shocked! I wanted to enjoy all of their assets until the very end! I did not have confidence in all of the deacons, but I had confidence in each of the deacons.

I figured that if the past is an accurate indicator then one or two of the current deacons will in the future turn on me but I made up my mind to enjoy each of the deacons’ friendship and not spend my life speculating as to who will turn on me.

The same thought applied to the seventy voice adult choir God gave us. The same thought applied to the almost forty piece orchestra God gave us. The same thought was true to the almost hundred on our church and school staffs.

I did not have confidence in the entire adult choir, but I had confidence in each of the choir members. I did not have confidence in all forty orchestra members but I had confidence in each orchestra member. I did not have confidence in all of the hundred staff members, but I had confidence in each of the hundred staff members.

We owned forty seven individual buses and ran over thirty Sunday school bus routes. I did not have confidence in the almost 200 bus workers, but I had confidence in each of the 200 bus workers.


I am not disillusioned and I’m not discouraged with the human race! When I travel to preach somewhere around this great nation I never assume an adversarial position and neither do I feel that they are in an adversarial position. I an not na├»ve! I understand there is someone there who is not for me, but I never LOOK FOR HIM OR HER because I have determined to assume that each of them are for me! Thus, I do not distrust any single individual.

Monday, February 19, 2018



Jeremiah 2:33, "Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.”?

It is an easy thing for a child of God to desire to be liked and loved. No child of God desires conflict. Yet, the truth is there is a built in conflict between the flesh of man and the Spirit of God. When you trusted Christ as your personal Saviour the Holy Spirit of God came in to dwell in your body. He is your constant companion. He not only regenerates you but he teaches, guides, comforts, and even convicts. Why, because of the battle from the flesh to quench the Holy Spirit!

Here is a pastor who feels alienated from his people. He has been faithful in the preaching and teaching of God’s word. He personally loves to be loved. He personally desires to be accepted by his members. He finds himself at odds with those he has given his life to serve. He has won them to Christ. He has nurtured them in the Lord and yet he finds himself under pressure to conform to their ways. Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?

Here is a lonely college student who has surrendered to full time service and left home to attend Bible College. He finds peer pressure did not stay at home but followed him to college. He stands for and does right. Yet, he finds those around him for various reasons are playing college and playing church. He wants to be loved. He wants to be accepted. He wants to be liked. Thus the pressure to conform exists almost daily. Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?

Here is a struggling parent with a rebellious child. The child threatens to leave home if the rules of the house are not changed. It is very easy for parent to trim their way to seek love.

Here is a little gal in high school and she is not in the in crowd but she is a godly young lady. The pressure begins to heighten on her. It would be very easy for her to trim her ways to seek love and acceptance.

Here is a lonely teenage boy. He does right because he wants to do right but the pressure begins to mount. The peer pressure is almost too much to bear. It would be very easy to trim his way in order to seek love.

Here is a college young lady who wants to date but she is too straight laced they say. It is tough and a very easy thing for her to trim her way to seek love.

Here is a young widow. She is lonely and she faces it day in and day out. The emotional pressure is almost too much to bear with the empty spot at the dinner table, the bed, and the sofa. It would be very easy for her to trim her way in order to seek love.

Here is a young man in college. A young lady has shown him some attention but she is always critical and self-centered as well as selfish. It is very easy for him to trim his way to seek love.

Here is a businessman who’s an honest man and a shady deal is offered to him. It is very easy for him to trim his way to seek love.

Whether it is the love of money, a girl, a boy, a church member, an employee, a son, a daughter, or a boss if you trim your way to seek love you will regret it one day.


By the way you are in some good company! Paul did take a Jewish vow. Peter went fishing naked looking for acceptance. Peter cursed and denied his Lord, his faith, and his church looking for love. Barnabas fussed with Paul and chose his nephew over God’s will for he was looking for love. Solomon did the same thing in taking many wives when God said one wife for one lifetime in Deuteronomy 17:17 for he was seeking love. Demas did the same thing by trimming his way in order to seek the love of the world. John Mark did the same thing by turning back trimming his way in order to seek love. King David trimmed his way when he stayed home from leading his army into battle in search of love.


Here is a struggling youth pastor taking a stand for right. A child complains to his parent. The parent becomes upset with the youth pastor. Pressure is put on the youth pastor and it would be an easy thing for the youth pastor to trim his way to seek love.

Here is a choir director giving his all to proper music and the pressure to liberalize his music standard comes against him. It would be very easy for him to trim his way to seek love.


A church takes a strong fundamental stand for soul winning, standards, bus ministry, being independent, pastoral leadership, and an inspired King James Bible. The pressure comes from family members and other churches. It would be very easy for them to trim their way to seek love.


God asks the question, “Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?” It is possible this thought was Jeremiah’s first sermon after his ordination. The scope of his sermon was to show God’s people their errors. God’s people were charged with the sin of idolatry. God’s people had broken their covenants and had degenerated from their good beginnings. 

Jeremiah let them know that they were without precedent in changing loves. He let God’s people know they had willfully and obstinately changed their lifestyle, which in the end their idols would be unable to help them.

The same is true today for whomever or whatever you have traded for your God will not be able to help you in the end. Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?

Here is an allusion to someone who becomes a lewd woman: a painted up face, a fancy hairdo, a mini skirt, and an attire of a harlot. Here is sinful courting and God asks why? God pleads with them and asks in verse 31, “Have I been a wilderness unto Israel?” and “Have I given you a land of darkness” and “Why do you reject me” and say, “We are lords we will come no more unto thee?”

Jeremiah 2:32, “Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number.”

In verse 33 God said you have encouraged the wicked by trimming your way to seek love. God says to them the blood of the innocent will be on your hands for trimming your way to seek love. God says in verse 35 to them just because you think it is ok does not make it ok! 

In verse 36 God tells them they will become gadabouts. Why, because they trimmed their way to seek love. In verse 37 God continues by saying to His people you will not prosper and all because you trimmed your way to seek love.

For some strange reason we think that if we trim our way that the world will love us! Not true! They will use us and despise us in order to get out of us what they want! “Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love.”

Sunday, February 11, 2018



Matthew 12:20, “A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.”

Please take note of verse 20. It does not say, “A flickering flax shall he not quench.” It says, "smoking flax!” It does not say slightly burning flax for it says smoking flax. God is saying as long as there is smoke there is a chance for a fire.

What is God saying here? He is saying the smoking flax shall he not quench. In all of our lives we have had the fire to go out at one time or another. There have been times in your life and my life when the fire has gone out. It may be that sin; heartache, discouragement, or bereavement has caused the dowsing of the fire. What our Lord is saying here is that as long as there is smoke there is hope for more fire.

God did not say as long as there is a flicker for he said the “smoking flax shall he not quench.” If the fire appears to go out in any church it simply means there had to be fire there at first. Placed there by God Himself and the smoke that remains means that the fire can blaze again!

It also means if the fire appears to no longer be burning and the warmth of the fire is no longer in existence that as long as there is smoke God is saying he will not quench the "smoking flax!"

I am speaking to those who use to have fire in your marriage where the fire appears to have gone out! If you have taken the marriage vows and both of you are still living there is still smoke there! There may not be any fire, but there is still smoke. 

That in itself means if you will give yourself to the Holy Spirit he can fan that smoke.  He can stir up the fire again in your marriage no matter how feeble the flickering. No matter how dead the spark seems or however cool the flame may appear. It can burn again as long as there is life!

As long as there is life there is smoke and the Holy Spirit desires to fan it and pour oil on it to bring back the fire. Oh, it may not warm as many people at first or like it once did but it can warm someone. It may not shine as far as it once did but it can shine some! I am not saying that if you have lost the fire you will get it back like you once had it but you can get some fire back. It may not be as bright as it once was but it can still shine some.

The church may not be as large as it once was, but it can still grow. One of my favorite songs my dear late friend Dr. Paul Duckett Jr. used to sing was, “Dear Lord take up the tangled strains that we have wrought in vain. That by the skill of thy dear hand some beauty may remain.” I love it!

It may be that the fire appears to have gone out of your life. It may be that sin; heartache, illness, discouragement, or bereavement has seemingly snuffed out the fire. “Preacher I have lost the fire I once had!” Ok, but as long as there is smoke God wants to fan it. God wants to pour oil upon it to rekindle it and cause the fire to burn once again.

A man may not be able to pastor any more, but he can teach a Sunday school class. The school may not train as many as it once did but it can train some. The marriage that once burned with holy passion may not be what it once was, but it can be salvaged to become a warm and happy marriage. 

There is not a marriage that cannot be salvaged! “But preacher I have lost my love.” Wait a minute are you still breathing? Hold it are you still alive? Then there is smoke there and if you will let God fan it then a flame will come again. Jesus said, “The smoking flax he will not quench.”

There are people reading this article who feel the fires seemingly have gone out, but thank God there is smoke and soon there will be fire if God is given a chance to fan the smoke. I have in these going on 46 years of ministry counseled thousands of couples having trouble with some being serious some frivolous, but all necessary counseling. Some had smoke where fires once burned and I attempted to fan the smoke and pour oil on the smoldering smoke to make the fire burn again.

I am referring to marriages that seem to have lost its fire, but there is still smoke there. How do I know there is smoke there? It’s simple you are still breathing! I am speaking to parents, pastors, preachers, students, and teens that have lost the fire you think.

There is no person whom God cannot use again. There is no marriage, ministry, pastor, preacher, college student, or parent that cannot be salvaged. Jesus is saying, “Ok if you have no fire then I’ll look for some smoke and when I find the smoke I will not quench it. I will not put it out!”

In some cases the devil gains entrance into our lives because of bad decisions. Those bad decisions begin to extinguish the fire. The fire becomes a flicker after a while when pride creeps in and we refuse to reverse by swallowing our pride and admitting we are wrong. 

After a while there is nothing left but smoke. But after men have long given up hope for you to make it and long after others said you will never recover enter Jesus who says, “I see smoke. I see hope. If you will let me fan it and pour oil on it soon the fire will return!”

The fire of joy, a smile, or happiness may be gone, but praise God if there is smoke there can be a fire once again. A man addicted to porn whose life was once spiritual and who was on topside for God with no seeming fire. 

Wait is the man breathing? He is still alive? Then as long as there is smoke God wants to fan it and pour oil on it to get some fire back. Oh, it may not be the same brightness but at least Jesus said he would not quench it.

Here is a life that kept people out of Hell by soul winning; a life of value, and a life of productivity, but the fire seems gone out? There are no flames of soul winning, no red-hot prayer life, and no red-hot service for God. Nothing here but a flicker of a flame or just smoke. 

Hey, wait a minute Jesus has not given up on them. He will not quench the smoke. He will fan the smoke and create a fire. He will pour oil on it and cause the fire to burn. No, it will not burn as bright but it will burn!

Dope has captured you? The old life has come back to haunt you? The fires of evangelism are gone? The bold giving of tithes and offerings has vanished? The soul winning fire is nothing but smoke now. The prayer life of fire is nothing but flax now. The Amens and shouts are but smoke now. You sit here defeated with no excitement for the things of God. 

Yes, you used to stand to your feet and wave your Bible over a truth being preached from the pulpit but not any more. Nothing but smoke now! Wait a minute? Jesus said, “I will not quench that smoke but I will fan that smoke!”

If the fire has gone out at least the smoke is still there and God promised that he would not quench what is left. If you will let him he will fan what is left. He will pour oil on what is left to start up a small fire once again.

Broken marriage? Deserted wife? Deserted husband? Deserted child? Teens have you blown it? College student have you messed up? The question invariably comes, “Preacher can God use me again?” Oh, yes God can use you again! 

Please pay attention to this article former college zealot, former teen zealot, former preacher zealot, former bus captain zealot, former Sunday school teacher zealot, or former soul winning zealot for God will fan the flax and it will burn again!

Oh, wasted life with nothing but simmering smoke left please turn back to Jesus and allow him to fan the smoke. Please let him pour oil on it. It is not over for Jesus can use you again! It may not be to the extent that you have been accustomed to but he will use you again!

Dear mission man, divorced man, divorced lady, backslid teenager, or expelled college student God can use you again even though there is only a simmering smoke for God can cause the flames to come again.

Saturday, January 27, 2018



II Peter 2:1, 14, 15 “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”

“Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;”

Jude 10-11, “But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”

Cain was the one who killed Abel and the one who offered the bloodless sacrifice. Korah was the one who rebelled against Moses and the earth in judgment swallowed up Korah and thousands of others. Now in between Cain, who was a murderer, and Korah, who was a rebel, is the man named Balaam.

The verse mentions the error of Balaam. Revelation 2:14, “I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” He is speaking to the church at Pergamos in this verse.

·      The way of Balaam (II Peter 2:15)
·      The error of Balaam (Jude 11)
·      The Doctrine of Balaam (Revelation 2:14)

It is very obvious here that Balaam did something real bad. God said so and that must take precedence over any view we might have of Balaam.

The truth about Balaam is strange in that it is very hard to find something wrong with Balaam. He was a good man in the Bible. Balaam was actually a courageous preacher. He never trimmed his message even though he was in a foreign country and even though a king had attempted to persuade him to trim his message. 

Here is a man who never left the words of God. He delivered the message he was supposed to deliver. He made this statement, “If the king himself could give me his own house full of gold and silver I still will not trim my message. I will preach the truth.”

The truth is I would rather spend time in this article exposing the sins of Korah, Judas Iscariot, Demas, or Pharaoh. You cannot help but admire Balaam. He was a decent man. He was a good man. Yet, he committed a sin that was so awful that Peter wrote of it, Jude wrote of it, and John wrote of it.

For the sake of the future of fundamental Baptists everywhere I do not mind exposing someone who does not preach the truth. Men like John McArthur and R. B. Theme who were proponents of the blood of Christ dissipating at the foot of Calvary must be exposed. These and others teach that the death of Christ and not the shedding of the blood of Christ save souls from going to Hell. 

I remind all of us that when the death angel passed over the Jews that it was not the ones who killed the lambs but those who applied the blood to the door posts whose first born were spared from death.

Dr. Steward Custer of Bob Jones University and other Professors in our Bible colleges who have pointed us back to the originals for inspiration and mocked II Timothy 3:16 by literally changing the word “is” for the word “was” and placing an emphasis on the originals and not the preserved inspiration of the Holy Scriptures for all tongues and nations.

It is tough to say something about those who give a clear presentation of salvation, believes they have the words of God and preach those words of God. I do not want fundamental Baptists to waver even a little bit. My desire for independent Baptists is for them to be grounded in the Scriptures.

With that in mind please pay careful attention. There is nothing found in the Scriptures that Balaam did that we would call real wicked. There is no record of Balaam ever selling Jesus out or a brother for thirty pieces of silver. There is no record of the sin of David in the life of Balaam. There is no record in the life of Balaam of false doctrine.

Here is the kind of a man Balaam was. The truth is he is the kind you might vote in as pastor of a great church. May I tell you about him? His ministry was largely in a foreign land. He was hosted in that country by the king himself. The king attempted to cause Balaam to trim his message. 

However listen to this statement by Balaam when King Balak said I want you to trim your message. Balaam said, “The word that God putteth in my mouth that shall I speak.” WOW! That is a great statement by Balaam.

Yet, the truth is when God spoke of the sins of the people in II Peter 2:14-15, Jude 11, and in Revelation 2:14 He mentions the error of Balaam. The king said, “Balaam I want you to trim your message.” Balaam answered, “Whatever He (God) sheweth me that will I tell thee.”

See the picture? There was not a Christian in the land. He was in a land without any Christians that would be like being in Russia and the Czar saying you preach what I tell you and you answer, “I’ll preach only what God tells me to preach!”  Balaam responds, “How shall I curse whom God hath not cursed and how shall I defy whom God hath not defied.”

May I tell you what else Balaam said? “Must I not take heed to speak that which the Lord hath put in my mouth.”? Wow, he would pass the test of a pulpit committee. He sounds very fundamental to me and Balaam did preach exactly what God told him to preach.

·      Balaam believed in the words of God
·      Balaam preached the words of God
·      Balaam did not trim the words of God

Balaam said, “I have received a commandment to bless and I cannot reverse it.” He said, “I will not reverse my decision to obey the commandment of God.” What else did he say, “All that the Lord speaketh that must I do.”

Before you set in judgment too much on Balaam I want to remind you He is in a foreign country and is being entertained in the palace of the king and the king attempting to get him to trim his message. Balaam answered, “All that the Lord speaketh that must I do.”

Twice Balaam says, “If King Balak would give me his house (palace) full of silver and gold I cannot go beyond the commandment of the Lord. But what the Lord sayeth that will I speak.” By the way Balaam never relented. To the very end he refused to trim his message. He spoke what God told him to speak. He refused to let the king tell him what to say.


Obviously the question must be asked concerning Balaam what in the world went wrong with him. God never said that Balaam was a false prophet. The truth is Balaam was not a false prophet. He was a true prophet. God never said Balaam preached error for he did not preach error.

So, what was the problem with Balaam? Please pay attention! The Israelites were on a journey toward the Land of Canaan. On that journey they came to the land of the Amorites. A man named Sihon was the king of the Amorites. 

The Israelites sent word ahead as they had done before and they said, “We want to pass through the land and can we pass through your land on your highway? We’ll drink our own water. We’ll not cause you any trouble. We’ll not go off of the highway. All we desire is to do is to pass through your land.”

Sihon the king sent back word that he would not allow them to pass through the land. Sihon went to war against Israel. The Bible says Israel defeated him in war and actually slew the Amorites.

Here is the picture! The nation Israel comes to the land of the Amorites and they want to pass through. God’s people have no desire to cause any trouble. The same is true about God’s people today. It is our job to be honest, pay our debts, be congenial, and be nice, and courteous as we pass through this world. 

However, it is not our job to mix and mingle with the Amorites or the world or in fact the religious world. We are travelers just passing through!

God’s people had won the battle with the Amorites. The next place to pass through was the Moabites. The king of the Moabites was the man named Balak. The truth is Balak was scared. Imagine how he must have felt with his neighbors the Amorites are all dead and it was the same Israelites who are approaching his country. Balak was worried that he and his people would be killed too.

The truth is God’s people did not want to hurt any one. They just wanted permission to pass through the land. Every once in a while some idiot will say, “Well how in the world are we going to change the world if we don’t mix and mingle with the world?” 

Wait a minute! Our job is not to change the world. Our job is reach every one we can with the Gospel and take as many of them out of the world that we can! The world is going to Hell! We want to take as many as possible out of the world and into Heaven!


That is one reason the Moral Majority movement by Jerry Falwell failed and eventually was shut down. Be leery of those who broadened the tents of fundamentalism to include every stripe of the so-called religious world. 

Fraternizing with Evangelicals and neo-fundamentalists will cause our young people to end up mingling and even marrying the wrong crowd. Some of our friends on the Left Coast are bragging they are following the Falwell doctrine of inclusiveness with every stripe of a liberal religious crowd. They emulate Rick Warren and his cohorts. The compromise of music and dress is opening the door to pleasing the kings of this world.

Balak the king of Moab said they are going to destroy us. Balak had heard of this man of God named Balaam. He was known as a great evangelist, great preacher, and a great man of God. So he sends messengers to Balaam and these messengers bring with them rewards of divination or an honorary Doctor’s Degree from Balak’s leading University. 

These messengers tell Balaam that the king wants him to come and place a curse on the Israelites that are passing through. They said to Balaam we have noticed that whosoever you curse is cursed and whosoever you bless is blessed.

Balaam made a mistake and let them into his house and they spent the night. Refuse to let the Left Coast Falwell, Warren, and Emerging church gurus into your homes. Balaam goes to God to ask God what he should do. God tells him, “No! Don’t go!” Balaam’s response was, “If the king offered me his palace full of gold and silver I will not go.”

The messengers go back to King Balak without Balaam. The Bible says that Balak sent more honorable messengers the second time. In fact he told them to tell Balaam if he would come and curse the Israelites on top of his degree we will give him anything he desires.

Here come the new messengers. God has already told Balaam not to go. Again, he has them spend the night and he goes to God again! Balaam decided to go. God did not want Balaam to go but God in essence threw up His hands and said, “Ok, ok, go!” So, Balaam goes to Moab.

King Balak takes Balaam to a certain place and tells him to curse the Israelites. Balaam replies, “I have to speak what God tells me to speak.” He is stubbornly staunch in his stand!

·      The word that God putteth in my mouth that shall I speak
·      Whatsoever he sheweth me that will I tell them
·    How shall I curse him whom God hath not cursed and defy him whom God hath not defied
·      Must I not take heed to speak that which the Lord hath put in my mouth
·      I have received a commandment to bless and I cannot reverse it
·  If Balak would give me his house full of gold and silver I cannot go beyond the commandment of the Lord.
·      But when the Lord sayeth that will I speak

King Balak says, "Ok let us go over here to another place and look at it from a different view. Now will you curse them?" Balaam said no I must preach the word of God. King Balak comes a third time and takes Balaam to another vantage point and demands Balaam curse the people of Israel and Balaam says, “God told me to bless the people of Israel and I am going to obey God.”

Please forgive me but I must wonder why in the world did Peter say Balaam was a bad man? Why did Jude speak of the error of Balaam? Why did John the Apostle say in the Revelation to the church of Pergamos, “I have some what against you because you have gone after the doctrine of Balaam.”

Balaam believed the word of God, preached the word of God, and never trimmed the word of God. So, what then did Balaam do that was wrong?


·      He asked the messengers to spend the night (II John 11)
·      He asked God what to do when he knew already what to do
·      He talked to new messengers from the same place a second time
·      He asked the second messengers from the same place to spend the night
·      He went to God a second time to receive a second “No!” answer
·   Running with the kings (Billy Graham, Rick Warren, and Jerry Falwell were ruined by spending too much time with Presidents and the elite)
·      Sponsorship of a bad crowd to preach the truth


·      To preach the truth
·      To identify with those who preach the truth
·      To bear fruit personally
·      To organize the local church to bear fruit
·      To take care of the orchard for the future of fruit bearing

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. responded to those who were critical of his criticism of Evangelist Billy Graham. Someone said Billy has a lot of fruit and Dr. Jones Sr. retorted, “Yes but he is destroying the orchard.”

It is a shame as to what happened as a result of Balaam’s actions. Go to Numbers 24:25 and 25:1-3 you will find they intermarried because Evangelist Balaam mingled with the wrong crowd. In our day it would be the independent fundamental Baptists watering down their associations while claiming they are true to the word of God.

A modern day Balaam hollers he believes the King James Bible is the word of God but leaves the door open to be able to run with the wrong crowd. It is not enough for a person just to preach the truth. Balaam preached the truth but without separating from the wrong crowd he destroyed God’s people by breaking down the barriers of association while preaching the truth.