Dear Pastor

Dear Pastor,

I’m writing not to offend, but rather to respectfully inquire.  Please don’t take offense to my questions, for I am a humble servant of God with no formal education in religion.  You see sir, I have not been to seminary, nor have I been trained to read and love C.S. Lewis, as this seems to be a prerequisite for modern day preachers.  I am a common man with a career and a family, reading my bible daily, and praying for the Holy Spirit to give me discernment and lead me in the paths of righteousness.

While I do find your personality to be charming and your sermons to be quite entertaining, I do have a few burning questions.  I say burning because week after week these questions arise during the course of Sunday worship service and completely distract me from worshipping in your congregation.  I’ve tried to relax and ignore the angst that rises up in me every Sunday, focusing on the good parts of worship and the biblical excerpts that are sprinkled in your messages, but the questions remain.

WHEN WILL YOU CALL US TO REPENTANCE?

When will you speak of repentance and how I can be saved?  When will you show me my brokenness and my need for a savior?  Can you please continue to speak of God’s unending love for me, but remind me of God’s sovereignty?  Is a mention of hell and the eternal consequences of our sin and rejection of our one and only Savior Jesus Christ not in order?  When will you teach us of the wisdom that comes from the fear of God?

WHEN WILL YOU STRENGTHEN THE BELIEVER?

Would it be possible to teach us of the spiritual realm that we cannot see, but that nevertheless surrounds us?  Maybe you could focus a few minutes on enlightening us on the spiritual warfare that is taking place around us daily and the battle for our very souls?  Maybe a mention that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high paces?  If you don’t mind me saying, in my humble opinion, ignoring evil and pretending  the devil is not like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour is foolishness.  I, for one sir, pray that you would encourage your flock to put on the whole armor of God, that they may be strengthened and encouraged to stand against evil, fearing nothing but God Almighty.  Remind us what the armor of God consists of so that we can even begin to put it on.  You know the verse…having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, above all taking the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, right?

WHEN WILL YOU TEACH THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD?

When I listen to your sermons or the teachings that take place in your Sunday morning classes, it seems that only certain parts of the bible are ever taught.  I find it odd that there is never a mention of prophecy.  I am quite sure that in your seminary classes you have studied much more of the bible than I have, and you’re quite aware that a little more than 25% of God’s Word is prophecy, right?  So my question to you is, why do you teach only 75% of the bible?  Is it not God’s Word?  Is it not your responsibility to teach the full counsel of God?  Do you not think that those scriptures that were written thousands of years ago and preserved in their entirety  throughout the ages are the living Word of God? As God’s Word declares, all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, right?

WHEN WILL YOU WARN THE FLOCK?

I know that you are an intelligent man, and that you watch the news and see the state of our nation and the world. I have the feeling that you probably don’t want to frighten the congregation or waste time on anything other that preaching the Word of God.  Am I right?  Let me ask you another question.  Do you think that the early church that was so violently persecuted sat around having snacks and speaking only of the goodness of God and his enduring love while their brothers and sisters were being tortured and murdered in the public square, or ripped apart by lions in the colosseum?  Of course not.  But that couldn’t happen in America right, so why bother?  If you don’t know that our government is corrupt and evil, and totally hijacked by globalists bent on creating a one world government, then I suggest you do some research.  If you are aware of this information and are withholding it from your flock, then shame on you sir! It would be better that you never went into ministry, for there is a greater responsibility on your head as a preacher and teacher of the Word of God.  So I ask you, when will you tell your people of the mounting danger that lies just outside of your sanctuary doors?  When will the persecution of Christians  be important enough to mention on Sunday?  Will it be when the government forces you to perform gay weddings in your church or face losing your 501c3 tax exempt status, or worse yet, be arrested? It’s about to happen in America.

WHEN WILL YOU MAKE READY THE BRIDE?

Jesus made it clear throughout the gospels, and the New Testament that the believer is to watch and be ready for Jesus’ return at any time.  I have yet to hear any of those verses taught in your church yet.  Forgive me if I missed that Sunday service.  Has it occurred to you that here is a theme throughout the scriptures to watch for our Lord’s return?  Or that if we are found not watching when he suddenly comes, we will be surprised, shamed, and shut out of His presence?  Is that not the way you read your bible?  The parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25 needs to be taught at some point doesn’t it?  The prospective brides were all virgins (Christians) but half of them were foolish, not having oil for their lamps (the Holy Spirit) and the other half were wise, with oil for their lamps and ready to go out to meet the bridegroom.  So half were prepared and looking for the return of their bridegroom and the other half were not.  What happened to the foolish virgins?  Does that not apply to the Lord’s church?  Is it not worthy of mentioning some Sunday?  Do you truly know what our blessed hope is as believers?  Will you, yourself be ready at that moment when our Lord returns unannounced?  Are you watching for all the signs of His return, given to us in the bible? 

These questions burn in my heart.  The angst I feel every Sunday, I feel throughout every day of the week; for I pity the lost and the foolish that turn away from the truth.  I pray that you, as a Christian leader would do the same.  I pray that theses questions would create a spark and light a fire in your heart.  If you’re offended by this, then I pray you might examine yourself and your teaching.  I pray everyday for you to make mention of these things and that the people that fill your congregation would not only be prepared, but would truly be saved.  There is a great apostasy that is happening now, and I pray that you sir, would not be a part of it.
The clock is ticking…it’s almost midnight…one more question sir, are YOU ready?
MARANATHA!

Watchman73

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21 thoughts on “Dear Pastor

  1. melissa

    Wow! Your “Dear Pastor” post is awesome! You nailed it…..saying exactly what needed to be said. I’m going to spread this around. Everyone needs to hear it. Probably a few (80 percent or more) of pastors definitely need to read this. Thanks for this awesome site & all the hard work & time you dedicate to it. You, my friend, are a true watchman & a blessing to us. God’s blessings to you.

  2. Drgold

    Dear Watchman:
    Your excellent letter to ‘Dear Pastor’ is right on the mark. Have churches become just social Sunday gathering places or a place to hear from God, what He is doing, & what He expects from us? Sadly, the latter message is now grossly absent! No repentance, no ‘born again’ experience, no salvation, no deliverance, no faith; just feigned love, good works, brotherly love, a social gospel, a ‘feel good’ time, etc.

    Your letter goes very well with an earlier post
    https://bythebloodofthelamb.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/true-love-vs-false-love-the-apostasy-of-todays-churches/

    Thank you for sounding the shofar of warning to the churches! God bless you more!

  3. km

    Many don’t know scripture, or they really don’t care to enlighten their flock! You can really pity pew potatoes!

  4. 2tugjug

    God bless you for posting this – one has to wonder what (some) pastors are really thinking & their agenda

    God love
    ya

    …Heb 13:6…

  5. Pam

    The return of our Lord is very near and what a sad state the church will be found in. My pastor never preaches on the soon return of Christ. He just finished a sermon series on Song of Solomon and sex. Thanks for posting this and we can only hope it opens the eyes of some of the church.

  6. Thanks for a much needed post. Go to Divine-Way.com and see how we can warn our flocks with God solutions to overcome the many problems we created by ignoring His wisdom. Christians can tell who the Mother of Harlot church is, the Roman Catholic Church, but our Christian churches do not realize they are the Harlot daughters who continue the follow popes who rejected God’s commandments and changed His holy days to what He did not command, days that do not accurately line up with scripture.

    God has prepared the way before us to unify the world to His Bible truth; we only need to be faithful to what is written and not lean on our pastors and denominations. Jesus made it clear that not one dot or tittle shall pass from the Law till all be fulfilled. To obey the great commandments to love God with heart, soul and mind, we must be willing to follow His written will; that included the statutes and judgment that explain what the Ten Commandments look like. The word of God is our Savior, Jesus was the vessel that carried it and we are to be one with him in TRUTH. (Exodus 20:8-11, Leviticus 23, Leviticus 26)
    Our healing and deliverance require the word of God in our mouth and our actions. We are to want to establish God’s Kingdom on earth.

  7. Anne Berkowitz

    I was wondering if the pastor responded to your letter or was this an example of a letter to be sent to any pastor? Loved it and God Bless you for writing it!

    1. Thank you Anne! I wrote it based on my pastor and all the other pastors out across America that are just failing to deliver to their flocks. I’ve been at this church for over a year now and it’s been so much better than the kingdom-now/emergent church I escaped from but the pastor lacks urgency. I haven’t been hearing false doctrine here, but delivering soft messages and not warning to look for our Lord’s return is still being lukewarm. I have discovered over the last few years how truly lost mainstream Christianity is. So few are ready, and so few are even saved. I take comfort though in brothers and sisters like you. The bride is scattered all around. The wheat and the tares are growing together until that day of harvest. Thank you for taking time to read my blog and comment. God bless you and keep you! MARANATHA!

      1. Brother, I am the founding pastor of a small Bible-believing church on the west side of Portland Oregon. Our church started as a group of like-minded believers who began fellowshipping and Bible study and prayer about 5 years ago. Beside salvation in Christ alone, our common bond was a love for the words of God, and a desire for real worship (spirit and TRUTH -see John 4:24). We would all say a hearty AMEN to the post you’ve written here –and thank you by the way for so aptly stating what many feel. Your assessment about the church you are currently attending is, unfortunately, NOT unique. It reminds me of what I heard a wise preacher say one time…”The problem with so many of the churches today is not what’s being said, but rather what’s NOT being said.” Having spent my whole life in churches across the country, I say Amen.

        I would like to add a thought from the pastoral perspective, if I may. This is certainly not to correct your blog, but rather an attempt to complete it. I pray you and your readers will consider and pray about what I have to say, and see if further self-examination is in order.

        As a young man who discovered early on in my walk with God that zeal without knowledge can be dangerous, I moved our family literally across the country to attend what I concluded was the very best place in America to study and learn the Bible. For 3 school years I spent 4 hours every week night in class studying the scriptures the CORRECT way (2Tim.2:15 KJV), and every Saturday out on the streets preaching and distributing gospel literature, and 3 services every Sunday in Bible-believing, fiery-preaching church. My family and I all willingly made many sacrifices during this time because of our desire to please God and know Him better. We migrated back out West after graduation in search of the Lord’s will, and as already stated, He led us to minister to a small band of believers here in Portland. I currently work 40 hrs a week for a major corporation in the secular world, and spend as much time as I can studying and preparing for the teaching and preaching on Sunday mornings. I have been, and will continue by God’s grace to do the best I can to juggle pastoral, employee, husband and fatherly duties as we know that we are right where God wants us, and as He constantly blesses us both spiritually and physically. He is truly GOOD, all the time.

        I say all of this not to boast, but to qualify the following statement: I have discovered that all of this effort and sacrifice to FEED the flock of God GOES LARGELY UNNOTICED & UNAPPRECIATED by the sheep. Despite the fact that there is now a place in the epicenter of left-wing, left-coast liberalism that a person can go to ANY Sunday or Wednesday night and get Bible-centered, straight, practical preaching and teaching, this has only produced a congregation of about 50 people, including children. Of the adults in this number, I’d say a few more than half are semi-serious at best, and of the semi-serious, just a fraction of those are actively attempting to do something with what they hear. These things are indicators of a bigger problem than pastoral negligence.

        Now I of all people know that numbers are not necessarily a sign of God’s blessing (or lack thereof –see 1Tim.6:5) and I’m very thankful for our Lord’s promise to be “in the midst” of even 2 or 3 gathered in His precious name. But in a city of 1.5 million people, you would sure think that there might be MORE malnourished Christians that would show up for the “feeding” of the word of God, and you’d also think that if they DID get fed, they’d be more grateful and eager to do something with it than many of them are.

        This is what the God-called minister is dealing with in these last days. I have talked and ministered to many believers in this area and around the world, and many have expressed exactly what your blog does –BUT…at the end of the week, when plans for Sunday morning come around, there are always a number of excuses to legitimatize their lack of attendance or action. When Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer time come around, and the preacher is tired from working all day too and just wants to go home like anyone else would, there always seems to be those same faithful FEW that show up…rarely more. When the sermon and invitation are over, and lives just go on as usual with no changes, only more excuses, excuses, excuses. “Good ones” like anything from work to entertainment to family gatherings to distance (any church more than 5 miles away seems to be “too far”) to minor little doctrinal differences to “we just really like our friends at our other place of worship” to just pure LACK OF SINCERE INTEREST……. I have heard SO MANY lousy and lame reasons for NOT coming and exposing themselves to the whole counsel of God, or for just letting the words “fall to the ground” instead of acting on them, it really is disheartening sometimes. And yet the chatter on the web always seems to point solely to the pastor as the one at fault for what’s going on in our churches.

        Personally, I suspect that Amos 8:11 is a double-edged indictment: There is a famine in the land for HEARING the words of the Lord, because of a lack of faithful preachers who will speak it, AND because of the lack of listeners who will make the personal sacrifice necessary to get to where it IS being spoken and DO SOMETHING with what they hear.

        The reason that TRUE Bible-believing churches in America are typically between 30-150 people is that MOST AMERICANS DON’T WANT THE TRUTH, which is really nothing new for those who’ve read the Book of Jeremiah –see ch.5:30-31. Combine that with the fact that most American pastors are being trained NOT as preachers and teachers of the MOST HOLY SCRIPUTRES, but more like business executives and administrators, and so naturally they placate their customers, er….congregations because they’d be fools not to.

        The entire state of affairs in the world today is a frightening, ungodly MESS. Sadly, the “Church” is right in the same mix, and there is an equal amount of blame to go around.

        I am soberly aware that the ultimate responsibility is placed in the lap of the pastor. He is to PREACH THE WORD, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. Those of us that DO are not “heroes” any more than any of the prophets of God were. No, the truth is that most of God’s TRUE pastors and preachers left in this country are just simple and unknown men who are trying to please God because faithfully speaking his word as it is in truth brings him Glory, and THAT is the highest calling for the Christian -see Rev.4:11. But the ever-increasing apathy among the congregants and the cold and carnal looks that a real preacher gets every Sunday tell us that this is not a one-sided issue. In fact, many of us often feel like the Apostle Paul did in 2Cor.12:15 & Gal.4:16.

        Let us hear the conclusion of the matter… That remnant of true CHRISTIANS (not just saved, but DISCIPLES –John 8:31, Acts11:26) still here in America need to count the cost and take an unashamed stand for Christ and his words, WHEREVER you are. If that stand costs us something, then let us have the belief in God that led our Christian forefathers to give all that they had, saying as Esther did, “If I perish, I perish.” God only knows what could be accomplished with some saints who have this attitude in heart and mind, whether they be in the pulpit OR the pew.

        Thank you for your blog, may the Lord bless you, your family, and your testimony.

        Pastor John P. Robinson
        BBBCpdx.com
        FinalFightBibleRadio.com

      2. john, I believe you, you could not say it if you didn’t know it first hand, one must be smart enough to see the problem before trying to fix it, that being said, a wake up call is coming nationwide and most will fall right where they slept in church on Sunday and they will blame you for not knowing what to do, come the day of the storm. that is ok too, GOD was truly in the mist and knows what was said and thought by all in attendance. if you did your job fear not and move your family to safety as quickly as you can, then hunker down for the long night while waiting on Jesus to come save this day. none other can this late in the day.
        make you way to a good water source and let the real praying begin, the evil ones have been set free to roam the land, to find those willing to follow killers and then to kill themselves. we are at the door of the worst times man will ever see. our government has planned its take down for some time now and the people didn’t even care to stand and watch much less to do something and hold themselves accountable to one another.
        if you are aware of the times we are in then you have made a plan for you and your family if not you will fall with them, this is the master test and nothing short of a straight A will fly. I have a city in the deep south, I am ready, hope the same for you and yours…

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  11. God bless you for enduring the scorn of men in obedience to the Lord. Luke 6:22-23 apply here! Praise God, whereas He called and equipped one John the Baptist to fulfill Mal. 3:1 and Luke 1:16-17 for His first advent, He has called and equipped many for this bold ministry preparing the foolish virgins for His Second Coming! It is such a blessing to meet some of the others, isn’t it? Forgive me if I have already shared this article with you, but I have on my heart to share it with you now, as I see you in it! https://thelordiswithus.com/key-characteristics-and-experiences-of-effectual-leaders/

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