Wednesday, December 12, 2012

After the Tribulation - Film Exposing the Pre-tribulation Rapture Fraud

Trailer:



Film Credits:

Executive Producer: Paul Wittenberger

Directed by Paul Wittenberger

Produced by Paul Wittenberger, Steven L Anderson, and Chris Maple

Featuring Pastor Steven L Anderson, Pastor Roger Jimenez, and Dr. Kent Hovind

Voice Over by Dr. Roland Rasmussen, Sr.

Voice Over written by Pastor Steven L Anderson

Edited by Paul Wittenberger

Director of Photography: Paul Wittenberger

Re-recording Mixer: Jennifer Ricciardi

Graphic Designer: Janee Meadows 

Camera: Paul Wittenberger and Chris Maple

Lighting by Paul Wittenberger

Funding Partners:

Paul Berg
Faithful Word Baptist Church
Adam Loncar
Alan Nolte
Jeff Utzler
Andrew Wayne

Donors:

Nick Sweet
Lisa Anderson
David Berzins
Scott Brooke
Mark Bielsky
Joseph Freeman
Robert Maldonado

Wall Murals by Kris Steele

Custom Fonts by Richard Miller

Production Sound by Paul Wittenberger

Special Appearance:

Chris Maple
Paul Wittenberger
Ron Edwards
Vincent O. Moralez
Darrell Venable

Music:

"After the Tribulation" by Jennifer Ricciardi
"History" by Steve Yeaman
"Fiction" by Steve Yeaman
"Comfort" by Pastor Anderson
"Rapture" by Steve Yeaman
"Surround Me" by Rudy V. Campa
"Elect" by Pastor Anderson
"Chosen" by Steve Yeaman
"Wrath" by Steve Yeaman
"Prison" by Steve Yeaman
"Order" by Steve Yeaman
"After the Tribulation" by Jennifer Ricciardi
"Outcast" by Pastor Anderson
"War in Heaven" by Pastor Anderson
"Antichrist" by Steve Yeaman
"Imam Mahdi" by Pastor Anderson
"Royal" by Rudy V. Campa
"Conspiracy" by Pastor Anderson
"Mark of the Beast" by Jennifer Ricciardi
"Blasphemy" by Jennifer Ricciardi
"False Prophet" by Pastor Anderson
"World" by Jennifer Ricciardi
"Guitar" by Pastor Anderson
"Prison" by Steve Yeaman
"Same Day" by Pastor Anderson
"Redemption" by Jennifer Ricciardi
"It is Well" by Verity Baptist Church
"It is Well" by Jennifer Ricciardi

Donated Footage: Steven L Anderson

Radio Shows:

The End Within with Michael Nunnally
The Truth Denied with Roxy Lopez
The Vinny Eastwood Show

College Students Classroom 1:

Nathaniel Chaisson
Steve Cooke
Jacqui Farnworth
Caraline Jackson
Cheyenne Kellis
David Knauer
Rebecca Little
Claudia Lopez
Richard Lopez
Travis Marshall
James Logan Oplinger
Marlyn Radford-Brown
Elizabeth Reidhead

College Students Classrooms 2 & 3

Flora P. Murillo Acosta
Brittany Allen
Irvin Baca
Shauna Barringer
Glen Bautista
Harlie Blosser
Derrick Brininger
Adrianna Carochi
Marisa Castro
Shaniese Childers
Ashley Connell
Vanessa Contreras
Cynthia Cruz
Jose & Michal Cruz
Jose Cuellar
Mathew Fernandez
Brandy Grant
Angelita Hackett
Radka Hamackoia
Johnny Hernandez
Jaylen Holloway
Anthony Johnson
Daniel Kelly
Kaleena Lamb
Briana Lerma
Melissa Marquez
Alicia Martinez
Elizabeth Martinez
Ricardo A. Morales
Justisse Mulligan
Cesar Ochoa
Mario Ortiz
Martin Ortiz
Rageena Ortiz
Ethan Palke
Briana Paskins
Julian Pope
Dania Puebla
Paula Ramirez
Anastasia Rhyne
Michael S. Ross
Yesulen Sandoval
Jacquelyn L. Schultz
Justin Shepherd 
Amanda Spradling
Alyssa Sutton
Jose Tamayo
Danitza Toires
Mariaelena Torres
Katherine Tromba
Yalonda Turner
Alberto Valenzuela
Jose Velasquez
Sahra Ibrahim Yusuf

Disclaimer: The views expressed by Pastor Steven L Anderson in this film do not
reflect the views of Arizona State University.

Special Thanks to:

Aaron Adams
Matthew & Shinae Adams
Clint & Spring Anderson
Helen Anderson
Raymond Anderson
Zsuzsanna Anderson
Solomon Anderson
Isaac Anderson
John Anderson
Miriam Anderson
Rebecca Anderson
Anna Anderson
Stephen Anderson
Danny & Shawna Antonucci
Chad & Jessica Argon
Brian Arreola
Daniel Arreola
Kevin Arreola
Shawn Barnish
David & Leslie Berzins
Scott Brooke
Christopher Broughten
David Carls
John Mike & Kristin Castro
John & Gina Chambers
Alessandro Chiappetta
Norman Colby
Ryan Colby
Matt & Tati Cooper
Aaron Crawford
Chad Dalberg
Matthew Daniel
Gregory Davis
John C. & Sarah Davis
Rob Dew
Tony & Brittany Drinkard
Joshua & Karen Elderkin
Hayley Ferrell
James Forrest
Trenton Gilpin
Amy Griffin
Buzz Griffin
James Griffin
Michael & Avonne Griffin
Andrew Guenin
Susie Hagler
Amanda Hardwick
Jason & Anne Hemsted
Gordon Henry
Danny Herb
Daniel & Debra Herron
Renee Houlihan
Abraham Jimenez
Felix & Grenis Jimenez
Joann Jimenez
Alex Jones
Ben Jordan
Chris Jordan
Larry & Fran Jordan
Ryan & Angela Kezo
Garrett Kirchway
Joe Leuliette
Sjona Lindquist
Carey Lollis
Megan Lufkin
Alexander Major
Michael Malutich
Kristen Maple
Monique Matthews
Kevin & Brianne McCauley
Robert McCoy
Matt & Lisa McCool
Gabriel & Ruth Mesaros
AJ & Rachel Metcalf
Richard & Veronica Miller
Lynn Mitcham
David Navarro
Jody Nunez
Jerry & Karin O'Connor
Jim Powell & family
Jeanette Ramos
Michael & Ulzana Ramsey
Bill & Mary Ray
Herb Rice
Brett Riley
Jason Robinson
Justin Robinson
Jubral & Hayley Robinson
Jason & Marlisse Rodriguez
Jerry & Samantha Rodriguez
Benjamin & Leslye Romero
Lee Roupas
Evelyn Royero
Doug & Lisa Saunders
Chris & Joan Segura
Jason Sheltons
Adam & Lori Shutler
Jeremy & Annette Skaggs
Jonathan Starnes
Robert & Raani Starnes
Bret & Sarah Stiles
Matthew Stucky
Richie Symes
Kelly & Charlene Tackaberry
Victor & Elizabeth Tey
Laszlo Toth
Chris & Eva Tsosie
Eric Tsosie
Greg & Jamie Vanderpool
Reggie Waye
Jason & Nina Williamson
David & Stephanie Wilson
James & Beth Wittenberger
Jimmy Wright
Alvin Zheng

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pre-trib Chart Debunked

Let me point out some major problems with this bogus chart that independent fundamental Baptists have been using to prop up their false pre-tribulation rapture doctrine:

1. This chart shows the first 3.5 years of the "tribulation" as a time of "temporary peace." According to them, that is when the 7 seals will be opened. This is typical teaching of pre-tribulation rapture teachers, but does it line up with scripture?

Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Does that sound peaceful? What about this:

Rev 6:7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Is that a time of "temporary peace"? NO

2. Nowhere does the Bible mention "bowl" judgments. The King James Bible talks about seven "vials" of judgment, not "bowls." Whoever made this chart was not reading a King James Bible, so why do KJV-only Baptists use it?

Debunking Missionary Mike Mislan's "Problems with a Post-trib Rapture"

Missionary Mike Mislan has said that there are a lot of "problems with the post-trib rapture position." I asked him what they were, and he sent me this list. Here are my responses to each of his "problems."
Missionary Mike Mislan: Here's [sic] a few problems with a post-trib rapture.

1. The trump to announce the rapture is not the same as the trump of Revelation. One is the trump OF GOD (1 Thes 4:16) while the other is the seventh trump OF ANGELS (Rev 8:6) God is not angels nor angels God.
I agree that the rapture doesn’t take place at the 7th trumpet
2. By placing a post trib rapture at this seventh trump, the unknowability and eminent return of Christ is removed (Mk 13:32)
I don’t place a post-trib rapture at the 7th trumpet. Also, the verse that you are quoting to say that Christ’s coming is “imminent” (Mark 13:32) is taken from a passage that pre-tribbers claim is not about the rapture because he just finished saying it was after the tribulation (Mark 13:24). Which one is it?
3. Pre-Tribulationalists have never interpreted the "falling away" of 2nd Thes 2:3, as being the rapture. Instead they have traditionally understood it to mean apostasy as the Greek says (Strongs G646) - a precursor to the rapture. "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith.." (1 Tim 4:1)
How is this a problem with a post-trib rapture?
4. In Rev 20:4-6, this phrase "part in the first resurrection" reveals this first resurrection was in "parts" or "phases" (1 Cor 15:22- 24, Mat 27:52-53) which implies that a previous resurrection of first fruits had preceded it, such as the rapture (1 Thes 5:1-11)
Here you erroneously call the rapture “the firstfruits” and then put 1 Cor 15:22-24 in parenthesis to support your point. Those verses prove that the rapture is NOT the firstfruits! Those verses also prove that the resurrection of believers is only in 2 phases: at Christ’s coming and after the millennium.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
1Co 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

5. The fact that Christ returns WITH His saints to set up His Kingdom (Rev 19:11-14), shows the "rapture" was a previous "part" of this first resurrection.
I agree that he returns with the saints in Revelation 19 to set up his kingdom. The first resurrection (rapture) already took place over 3 years before that. Not a problem for post-trib. God’s wrath being poured out is AFTER the tribulation and AFTER the rapture.
6. Passages where the "Day of Christ" occur do not state a post-trib rapture (Cor 1:8, 1 Cor 5:5, 2 Cor 1:14, Phil 1:6, Phil 1:10, Phil 2:16)
How is this a problem with a post-trib rapture? Do they state a pre-trib rapture? Does ANY verse state a pre-trib rapture? Also, you conveniently removed one mention of the "Day of Christ" (2 Thess 2:1-4) which DOES state a post-trib rapture!
7. In order to prove a post trib rapture, post-tribbers must take all "Day of Christ" passages and improperly link them to Mat 24:29-31 which does not contain this phrase and was in reference to the Jew not the church.
You can’t prove that Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 17, and Luke 21 are all “in reference only to the Jews.” Didn’t you quote Mark 13 early to prove the rapture of the “church” was imminent? Do you only apply Mark 13 when it is convenient for your doctrine, and at other times you say that it's only for the Jews?
8. The "Day of Christ" which Post-Tribbers assert is the rapture, may also refer to the Judgment Seat of Christ and the awarding of crowns: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which.. the righteous judge, SHALL GIVE ME AT THAT DAY... (2 Tim 4:8) " Who shall.. confirm you unto the end, that ye may be BLAMELESS IN THE DAY of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor 1:8), Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain… (Phil 2:16) " that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. (Phil 1:10).
Still not a problem for post-trib.
9. While 2 Thes 2:1-4 implies a mid-trib rapture, additional factors must be considered. These are: (a) such phrases as "be not soon shaken" "troubled" and "deceived" along with the context of many believing that "day of Christ is at hand" shows many had falsely believed that Christ had already come and Paul was simply stating that since these things have not yet taken place, they could have not missed His coming, (b) This phrase [that day shall not come] cannot be used as a conclusive proof for it was a clarification by the KJV translators, (c) the positive closing of this chapter indicates the tribulation would be avoided "hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts." (2 Thes 2:16-17), (d) NT Scripture teaches in a Pre-Trib rapture.
You said: “(b) This phrase [that day shall not come] cannot be used as a conclusive proof for it was a clarification by the KJV translators,”

So now the KJV is wrong?! I guess you know more than the translators!”

You also said: “(d) NT Scripture teaches in a Pre-Trib rapture.”

Nice circular reasoning!
10. The order of events as they unfold in chapters 19 and 20 in Rev confirm the traditional view of a pre-tribulation rapture with all subsequent events properly falling into place…
Can you be a little more specific? haha
11. The different features between Christ coming to meet His saints in the air (Lk 17:22-30, Mat 24"36-39, Lk 21:34-36, Eph 5:1-8, Joel 2:31, 1 Thes 5:1-11, Isa 2:12-21, Rev 6:12-17) as compared to His coming at the Judgment of Nations (Rev 19:11-14, 20) reveals two separate and distinct events which cannot take place at the same time…
I don’t believe that his coming in the air is the same as his coming to judge the nations. Strawman.
12. Rom 1:18 and Jn 3:17 make it clear that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who.. believeth not the Son" (Rom 1:18, Jn 3:16). Being "justified" we have been saved through this wrath through Him (Eph 5:15)
The tribulation is not God’s wrath.
13. Christ promised His church in Philadelphia that He would keep them from the hour of temptation, and the church is absent during the tribulation (Rev 3:10, chaps 4-22).
Actually, the church at Philadelphia no longer exists so it is already “absent.”
14. Christ loved His church, gave Himself for it (Eph 5:15) and a post-trib rapture is inconsistent with the love that Christ has for His Church (2 Tim 1:72, 1 Thes.5:9, Pet 2:9, Tit 2:13, 1 Tim 6:14, Ja 5:8, Phil 4:5, Jn 1:1-3, 1 Thes 4:17-18)… (11) The purpose of the tribulation is to judge ungodliness, to fulfill God's promises to the Jew, and to prepare Israel for Christ's return (Jer 30:7, Dan 9:20-27), NOT to punish Christ's future bride (Eph 5:27)…
So basically you’re saying that if God loves us we won’t endure tribulation?

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Rom 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2Co 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

1Th 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

Rev 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

15. Like the word "trinity" or "Deity," while this English word "rapture" is not specifically found in the Bible, it's doctrinal truths are still there.
How is that a problem for post-trib? We believe in the rapture.
16. The early church, our Christian forefathers, most mainline Christian churches in the U.S., as well as protestant churches in Europe all believe in a Pre-Trib Rapture. The post-tribulation-rapture theory is taught by the Catholic Church, and other Eastern Orthodox church cults, and is held by only five percent of evangelical and/or Baptist churches.
There is no evidence of a single human being believing the pre-trib rapture before 1830. In addition, most of the pre-trib believers you just mentioned are also on their way to Hell. Let’s stick with the Bible.

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Well, there you have it folks. Those are all the numerous "problems" with the post-tribulation rapture position.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The "Falling Away" of 2 Thessalonians 2


“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – Thessalonians 2:1-4

2 Thessalonians 2 is a passage in the Bible that warns us not to be deceived about the second coming of Christ. I have often used this passage to show people the truth about when the rapture will take place, but lately I have been shocked at the response that some people have given me. Apparently, those who believe that the rapture takes place before the tribulation actually believe that the “falling away” mentioned in verse 3 is referring to the rapture!

First of all, things don’t fall up! How can anyone actually believe that the “falling away” is referring to believers being “caught up together” in the clouds?! Not only that, but the Bible uses the term “falling away” in other places, and the meaning is clear:

“They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.” – Luke 8:13

Is this a passage on the rapture? No, it is clearly referring to people falling away spiritually, which is a bad thing. This may seem basic, but when something falls it goes down, not up.

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” – Hebrews 6:4-6

Again, this passage is definitely not referring to the rapture. This is talking about people falling away spiritually.

In an article entitled “Left Behind at the Rapture,” David Stewart of the website “Jesus is Savior dot com” writes:

“The word ‘rapture’ is not found in the Bible, but the phrase ‘falling away’ certainly is. Though some theologians have concluded that the ‘falling away’ is only referring to ANARCHY, this erroneous teaching does not harmonize with the rest of the Bible. ‘Falling away’ in 2nd Thessalonians 2:3 in the Greek simply means ‘a departure.’” – David Stewart

Here is an excerpt from his article “The Pre-tribulation Rapture:”

“I also believe that the word ‘Rapture’ does NO injustice to the Scriptures. The word ‘Rapture’ means ‘to be caught away.’ In the following Scriptures (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4), we read the term ‘a falling away.’
“The Greek meaning for this phrase is ‘a departure.’ I believe this that this term refers to the departure of the Saints.” – David Stewart

Since things don’t fall up, David Stewart has decided to “go back to the Greek” to tell us what the Bible REALLY says. Since I believe that the King James Bible is the preserved word of God, I don’t think it is necessary at all to “go back to the Greek” since the term “falling away” is used repeatedly in our English Bible, and it is very clear what it means.

Mr. Stewart here deceitfully uses the Greek as a justification for changing what the Bible says. He claims that the Greek word simply means “a departure.” What he fails to mention is that the Greek word here is “αποστασια” or in Latin letters “apostasia.” If he had mentioned that, it may have been a little too obvious that the Bible is referring here to apostasy, i.e. falling away from the faith, not the rapture! The “departure” being referred to is a departure from the faith which is exactly what “apostasy” is!

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” – 1 Timothy 4:1

The Greek word “apostasia” is used in only one other verse in the Bible:

“And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.” – Acts 21:21

"Forsake" is the English translation of the Greek word "apostasia." Again, this is a forsaking of doctrine, which is the definition of “apostasy.” This deception illustrates why you should always take everything you hear with a grain of salt when preachers are “going back to the Greek.” Usually they are just trying to change what the Bible says, as is the case here with a “falling away” being twisted into being “caught up” to the clouds.

Now that we have seen how the Bible itself defines “falling away” (departing from the faith), look at the passage again:

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” – Thessalonians 2:1-4

The passage clearly states that the Day of Christ is not at hand, and that we should not allow people to deceive us that it is at hand. It goes on to say that the Day of Christ shall not come until AFTER there is a falling away, and AFTER the man of sin (antichrist) is revealed by sitting in the temple of God and claiming to be God. This event is referred to in the Bible as the Abomination of Desolation (see Daniel 11, 12 and Matthew 24).

Anyone who tells you that the Day of Christ is at hand is deceiving you according to the Bible. What is the Day of Christ? The "Day of Christ" is referred to 7 times in the Bible:

1 Cor 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Cor 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2 Cor 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Phil 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The rapture cannot occur until the day of Christ since that is when the good work of sanctification he began in us will be complete, and we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Phil 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Phil 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

2 Thess 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

The Bible is very clear that the rapture takes place AFTER the tribulation:

Matt 24:29 Immediately AFTER the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
Matt 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Matt 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Why Most People who are Saved through Soul-winning will not Come to our Church

Many critics of door-to-door soul-winning say that soul-winning "doesn't work" or is a fraud because so few of the people who get saved in the process ever end up coming to church. Therefore, they say that these people "must have never really gotten saved." Here is a list of 11 reasons why most of the people who are saved through the soul-winning of Faithful Word Baptist Church will never come to church, even though they are truly saved.

1. They don't speak English.

About 50% of the people that I personally win to the Lord speak only Spanish. Although I speak Spanish well enough to effectively preach the Gospel and dialogue about Biblical doctrine, our church does not offer services in Spanish. Our church will never offer services in Spanish. However, it is our goal to preach the Gospel to every single person in the greater Phoenix area. We do not want the Spanish-speakers in our area to go to Hell without getting a chance to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel. There are several people in our church who are able to speak Spanish, and I would estimate that about 20% of the people who are saved through our soul-winning efforts don't speak English.

2. They are older children or teenagers.

Many of the people we win to the Lord out soul-winning are teenagers or children and are therefore not in a position to drive themselves to church. Since they are not the decision maker in their home, they will probably not be able to get their family to go to the church of their choice.

3. They live too far away or have no vehicle or gas money.

Our goal at Faithful Word Baptist Church is to knock every single door in the greater Phoenix area, which includes approximately 4 million people. Therefore, we do not only knock doors in the immediate vicinity of our church. As we radiate outward with our soul-winning, we find ourselves knocking doors that are 20, 30, or more minutes away from our church. Let's face it: someone that we win to the Lord in a ghetto 30 minutes away from our church is probably not going to make the 1 hour round trip drive to come to our church. But does that mean that they are not really saved? No!

In addition, our church does "Small Town Soul-winning Marathons" every few months, and dozens are saved in small towns across Arizona that are usually about 1.5 hours from our church. These people will probably not make a 3 hour round trip commute each Sunday to be a part of our church. However, if we don't bring them the Gospel, who will?

4. They are too shy to visit.

I have been in church my entire life and am by nature an outgoing person, and yet many times I have been very shy and nervous walking into a new church for the first time and not knowing anyone. One time, there was a young lady in her twenties who came to visit our church. She had been in church her whole life, and her father had been a Baptist pastor. After talking with me a little bit, she told me that she had actually come to visit the week before but had chickened out when she got to our parking lot and saw "the crowd.," so she turned around and drove off. She worked up enough courage to come back the next week and come to the service. Some people are just too shy to walk into a church where they don't know anyone - especially if they have never even been to church before.

5. They already go to church somewhere else.

Many of the people who get saved through our soul-winning efforts already go to church somewhere. Many of them are already even attending a Baptist church. Once they get saved, they may continue to attend a liberal Baptist church or a new-evangelical church because of the fact that they have ties with friends and family there.

6. They are recruited to another church by friends or family.

Often I have won someone to the Lord who has family or friends who are already saved. Although these watered-down Christian family members or friends never took the time to get their loved one saved, they will jump all over them to get them plugged into their church, now that they are saved. People are much more likely to go to a church where they already know people than to a church where they don't know anyone. Also, a new believer may not know all the specific things they should be looking for in a church, and therefore, they may easily end up going to an inferior church because they already know people there.

7. They are too lazy to come to church.

Because as a church we knock every door in each area we go soul-winning, much of our time is spent knocking doors in slums and ghettos. Many of the people who get saved have very little character and are very unreliable people. Many of them want to come to church and have every intention of coming to church but do not have the character to get themselves out of bed in the morning and drag themselves to church. Many of them can't even hold down a job, let alone come to church on Sunday.

8. They are physically disabled.

As we knock doors out soul-winning, we are able to preach the Gospel to many people who would otherwise never hear it because they are physically disabled and almost never get out of the house. Many are hooked up to machines, crippled, very elderly, or in some other way too impaired to get to church. Thank God, we are able to bring the Gospel to them and give them the opportunity to place their faith on Jesus Christ for salvation.

9. Their spouse does not want them to come.

Obviously they should come anyway:

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men." - Acts 5:29

However, many who are saved will allow this to keep them from coming to our church.

10. They are offended by something in our church invitation.

At Faithful Word Baptist Church, we are very clear about who we are and do not pretend to be something that we are not. We want people to know what kind of a church we are. Therefore, our church invitations are filled with information that we want people to have, and that will give them a clear picture of our church. These are the three invitations we hand out:

FWBC Invitation - KJV

FWBC Invitation - Mesa

FWBC Invitation - General

Because our nation has become so wicked, our church seems extreme to the world. Many people will take offense to something in the invitations we hand out, and therefore decide not to visit our church.

11. They consider our church "too extreme."

Our church is considered "radical" and "extreme" simply because this world has become "extremely" different from the standards set forth in God's word. When people hear real Bible preaching, it can sometimes be shocking to them because the television has brainwashed them their entire life with messages that are contrary to the Bible. A person who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ still may be worldly and not able to handle hard preaching.

Conclusion:

Does soul-winning work? Well, it depends on what you consider the goal of soul-winning to be. I believe that the goal of soul-winning is to get people saved. Therefore, it works! If your goal is to have a larger church attendance, then it may not work as well as other methods. Jesus Christ promised that HE would build the church, and so I will leave that to him. He never commanded us to build the church; he commanded us to preach the Gospel to every creature.

Now, reader, if you have read through these 11 reasons and are still not convinced, then I have two questions for you:

1. Are you saved?
2. Do you want to attend Faithful Word Baptist Church?

If you answered "yes" to question 1 and "no" to question 2, then you may have just discovered the 12th reason why many of the people who we save* out door-to-door do not end up
joining our church!

*Epilogue:

Many Calvinists and other non-soul-winning hypocrites will object to my terminology here because they are ignorant of the following scriptures:

"To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." - 1 Corinthians 9:22

"If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them." - Romans 11:14

"And of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh." - Jude 22, 23

"For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?" - 1 Corinthians 7:16

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Evolution Art Contest Results are In!

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1st Place: Kayla Hoosier
Entry #2 - Motivational Poster


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2nd Place: Karen Elderkin - Fall River, Massachusetts
Entry #7 - watercolor (click to enlarge)


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3rd Place: Joshua Elderkin - Fall River, Massachusetts
Entry #13 - pen and ink drawing, colored in photoshop (click to enlarge)

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011