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Why Have a Minister?

By David J. Smith
February 2, 2008

In discussing Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul described His power and authority in Colossians 1: 12-18. The first part of verse 18 says: “And He is the head of the body, THE CHURCH:” The word church in the Greek language means “called out ones.” To be a part of that called out church, something is required. John 15: 16: “You have not chosen me, but I [Jesus Christ] have chosen you, and ordained you [TO DO WHAT?], that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain …”

Jesus is the HEAD of the called out ones and told us to bear fruit. There comes a question to mind. Why doesn’t Jesus just appear openly to us and tell us frankly if we are committing a sin? Instead, look what He did!!!

Ephesians 4: 11-15: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; [Purpose?] For the perfecting of the saints [called out ones], for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: TILL we ALL come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight [tricks] of men, and cunning craftiness [cleverness], whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may GROW UP into Him in all things, which is the HEAD, even Christ:”

Jesus is the Head of the church, yet HE sets human beings into positions of leadership. Jesus inspired Paul to write: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning … (Romans 15: 4). Can we not look back into the written scriptures of the Old Testament and read when and how God called Moses to lead Israel? Can we not look back and find where Moses laid hands upon Joshua to pass along the leadership? Can we not look back and see what happened to Korah and 250 princes of Israel when they rebelled against Moses? It wasn’t Moses they rebelled against! It was God they rebelled against because God set Moses in that position!

Why should the church have a minister if he is to be ignored? The Bible says God sets in the church human leadership. The leader may make mistakes as all humans do, but do we honestly believe that Jesus has relinquished His Headship? When Jesus sees a problem in the “called out ones,” He stirs, BY HIS HOLY SPIRIT, a message to correct the situation. We are not to be hardhearted as ancient Israel was! If we have received God’s Spirit into our mind, we will be willing to lay aside ANY sin that is mentioned. If someone knows more or is lead by God’s Spirit more than the person Jesus raised up, why didn’t Jesus raise that person up?

The Bible also says there is safety in the multitude of counsel. If everyone in the ministry with one voice says something is a sin based upon Biblical precepts, laws, statutes, or the Ten Commandments, why would anyone want to resist that decision? The Bible does say that JESUS SETS IN THE CHURCH AND THE REASON FOR IT – to perfect us!!!

Look what else was inspired. Hebrews 13: 7-8: “REMEMBER them which have the rule over you, who HAVE SPOKEN unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end [goal] of their conversation [conduct, life]. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” The word “rule” is #2233 in the Greek Section of the Strong’s Concordance. It means: “to lead; command with official authority.”

I have seen through the years deception invade a person’s life, and soon he or she falls away. They give excuse after excuse to justify their deception. They won’t listen, not even to the ministry that God sets in the church! Criticism begins to rear its ugly head that shows the true intent of the heart. It only brings grief to those who see a disrespectful attitude toward God’s truth and His ministers.

Hebrews 13: 17: “OBEY them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: FOR THEY WATCH FOR YOUR SOULS, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” I have never claimed to be perfect and never will, but it is nerve racking when you address sin and are ignored or accused of giving off “propaganda.”

I will not back down and condone sin. Someone may be committing sin over a period of time, but God gives him or her time to repent. If no repentance, God goes into action to clean His house. When the HEAD of the church, Jesus Christ, inspires a message or messages to expose that sin and the message is ignored or ridiculed or said to be “propaganda,” it shows the intent of the heart. The sinner had better be careful and heed the admonition: “Quench not the Spirit” (I Thessalonians 5: 19).

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Why would God need ministers to oversee His flock, the saints? After all, doesn’t one scripture in the Bible say the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth? John 16: 12-13: “I [Jesus] have many things to say unto you, but you cannot bear [or grasp] them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: … and he will show you things to come.”

Jesus was specifically talking to the disciples that did not have the Holy Spirit yet to give them spiritual understanding. Later, Jesus had been crucified, resurrected, then ascended to be accepted of the Father, returned and came through the wall where the disciples were hiding for safety purposes. John 20: 21-22: “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive you the Holy Spirit.”

The original 12, except for one, now could understand spiritual matters and teach them to others. God placed them into the leadership of the early church. When the day of Pentecost arrived, suddenly the Holy Spirit came upon the 12 disciples who would become apostles. This was a special event. They were given the ability to speak in languages they had never learned. Why? It was because people had gathered in Jerusalem who spoke 15 different languages. The last part of verse 6 of Acts 2 says “every man heard them speak in his own language.” People didn’t comprehend what was happening, so Peter and the other 11 explained. .Notice the first part of Acts 2: 14: “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice …”

The apostles were firmly established as the leadership of the church, selected by Jesus!!! Who did the brethren give their tithes and offerings to? One section of scripture tells us and in addition reveals who had the authority to call down sin in the church. Acts 5: 1-11: “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession [property]. And KEPT back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your power? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the spirit: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether you sold the land for so much? And she said, Yes, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of them which have buried your husband are at the door, and shall carry you out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the spirit: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.”

Just a few observations: 1) It was recognized that Jesus had ministers in authority. 2) Secret conspiracies to perpetuate a sin can be revealed by God’s Holy Spirit. 3) When they said they gave all the money from the sale of their property but didn’t, they lied to God – not just to Peter! Bringing this up to the 21st century, it would be like, me or Richard, telling someone not to come back to church until a perpetual sin was stopped. They came back making us think they had stopped the sin, but they hadn’t. They wouldn’t just be lying to us, but to God. 4) The previous passage tells me God is looking to the heart – an attitude of mind.

Moses was called of God to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage. I refer you to Exodus 3. God, who was Jesus Christ according to I Corinthians 10: 1-4, set Moses and Aaron as servants in the “church in the wilderness.” Moses was in charge, but Aaron was to be his assistant. Aaron and Miriam were to assist Moses, not tell him his supposed mistakes. Numbers 12: 1-9: “And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: … And they said, Has the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses? Has he not spoken also by us? And the Lord heard it. (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) And the Lord spoke suddenly unto Moses, … Aaron … Miriam, Come out you three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. And the Lord came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore [or why] then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them; and he departed.”

Consequences of our actions sometimes catch up with us. They elevated themselves equal to or greater than Moses. Miriam suddenly became a leper. Apparently, Miriam promoted the whole scheme against Moses. Aaron was petrified at the sight of Miriam. He then drew the correct conclusion: Numbers 12: 11: “And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech you, lay not this SIN upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have SINNED.”

It took the Lord’s anger turned upon them, but they finally realized that speaking against someone in a wrongful manner that God raised up to lead was a sin, especially when he had not sinned.

Once again, some in Israel fell into the mode of accusing God’s leader, Moses. Korah and 250 princes who were famous, men with clout in Israel. Consider the outcome! Numbers 16: 3 – “And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron [it was a conspiracy], and said unto them, You take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation is holy, every one of them: wherefore then lift you up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?” Basically, they said they were on an equal par with God’s chosen leader. Whatever they thought was righteous was okay to do, whether it was or not!!!

Look at v. 5 – “And he spoke unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even tomorrow the Lord will show who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him whom he has chosen will he cause to come near unto him.” As you read down in the text, you find a motive for rising up against Moses and Aaron. They wanted the priesthood (v. 9-11). This was a rebellion that involved accusations against Moses and Aaron. You said you would take us to a land flowing with milk and honey, and you haven’t. Jesus Christ, as the God of the Old Testament, was listening. Even today people say things against the ministry and don’t think God is listening. Note carefully what then took place. Numbers 16: 20-33 – “And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be wroth with all the congregation? And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and the elders of Israel [that] followed him. And he spoke unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of their’s, lest you be consumed in all their sins. So they got up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side … v.28 And Moses said, Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works; … v.29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord has not sent me. … v.31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.”

Jesus Christ chose His ministry for the church in the wilderness at that time. When Moses was ready to die, God had already selected his replaced and been training him for years under Moses. Deuteronomy 34: 9 – “And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him: and the children of Israel hearkened [listened] unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

The early church had its detractors. There were men who wanted to stamp out the name of Jesus from history. In order to do that, they had to eliminate the Christian movement. One such man was spelled out very clearly. Note who was standing and giving approval at the stoning of Stephen. Acts 8: 1 – “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.”

Jesus was preparing to make a calling into the ministry. Acts 9: 1-16 – “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found and of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, ‘Saul, Saul, why persecute you me?’ And he [Saul] said, Who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you persecute: it is hard for you to kick against the pricks.’ And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what will you have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, ‘Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what you must do.’ And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, ‘Ananias.’ And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, ‘Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for … he prays. And has seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.’ Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem: And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on your name. But the Lord said unto him, ‘Go you way; for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.’”

Saul, the persecutor, became Paul, the Apostle and persecuted. Acts 13: 2-3 – “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I [Jesus] have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” Saul, now called Paul, preached to the Jews for a time; he and Barnabas then turned to the other nations. Their travels are known as Paul’s missionary journeys.

Paul was Jesus’ called man of that time. Paul stood against sin, unrighteousness, and unholiness. He established the Corinthian church. It had a good number of members who had been of the occult located in Delphia. He spoke against these occultic practices as being unholy.

The church had reported by letter that fornication was occurring in the church – a man was having relations with his stepmother. Paul was not there in person, so he wrote them. I Corinthians 5: 9-13 – “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to [keep] company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must you needs go out of the world. BUT now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without [the church]? Do not you judge them that are within [the church]? But them that are without God judges. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

Paul said not to tolerate or condone any form of sin as a lifestyle. He didn’t mean someone making a mistake out of a temporary weakness or not realizing that something was a sin.

There is a set of scriptures that I cannot overlook! My salvation is on the line also. We need to consider that set of scriptures and see when it is talking about. Jeremiah 23: 1-2 – “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! Says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; You have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them [taught them God’s truth]: behold, I will visit [bring] upon you the evil of your doings, says the Lord.”

God is against ministers that teach falsely. When you continue to read Jeremiah 23, you will realize that Jesus is lamenting the fact that the teachers of the land are not teaching His truth. Look how serious this has become and WHAT TIME PERIOD He is talking about. Jeremiah 23: 18-22 – “For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, and has perceived and heard his word? Who has marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: IN THE LATTER DAYS YOU SHALL CONSIDER IT PERFECTLY. I have NOT sent these prophets [that will not preach against sin, unrighteousness, and unholiness], yet they ran: I have NOT spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.” It doesn’t end with these verses. I will drop down to v. 28-32 – “The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has MY WORD, let him speak MY WORD FAITHFULLY. What is the chaff to the wheat? Says the Lord. Is not MY WORD like as a fire? Says the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, that steal [or take away] MY WORDS every one from his neighbor. Behold, I am against the prophets, says the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He [God] says. Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, says the Lord, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, says the Lord.”

It sounds very serious for anyone to stand before God’s people. Whoever it is had better tell the truth and not back down. If someone or a group will not listen and take heed to sin, his or her blood will be upon his or her own head.

I had drawn up the front cover of Newswatch Magazine and let it lay around in January 1980. I had an article published in January, February, and March of 1980 in a magazine published in Idaho. Suddenly, in May and June of 1980 a vision of an open Bible appeared before my eyes. I had no idea God was calling me until I told a friend what was happening to me. When I went into the printer that I used for my advertising business and laid the manuscript for four articles on his desk to start Newswatch Magazine, the Bible disappeared. I knew who had called me. I have never taken that calling lightly. I have never lorded over people either.

Because I have been kind and gentle, sometimes people take that for weakness. But it is not. The following is exactly what I believe because it is backed up by the Bible.

In St. Louis there was a conspiracy of Satan to overthrow the church. Those involved were so influenced they did not comprehend what was going on. Bob Rogers, now deceased, rose up at 1 AM and wrote a letter to whom he thought was the most spiritual person in the church. He asked her to let the others read it. He sent me a copy of it. Basically, it said: “If the St. Louis church doesn’t get behind David Smith with their spiritual life and tithes and offerings, God will kill the church in 30 days and start all over. Personally, I won’t lay a straw in front of this man to cause him to stumble. I know who he is.”

Did those involved listen. NO! It made them madder than a wet hornet. On the 27th day, we saw a dark cloud moving very fast coming from the northwest over St. Charles, MO. right over our house. The air turned from warm to very cool. Just as this strange looking and acting cloud got over our house, it broke up and went in every direction. We looked at each other as we stood there on the front porch and said: “the demons are here to kill the church this weekend.” It happened because the people involved would not repent. Just like Bob Rogers told them, God would start all over with those of a genuine, sincere heart.

I saw once again a similar thing in 1998-99. I love every one of you, but I will not abide sin and take the risk of Jesus fighting this church, where only the truly faithful will remain. I want every one to always repent and stay close to God the Father and Jesus Christ.

In speaking to the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3, Jesus had something interesting for all of us to hear. Speaking to the Pergamos church, he said: Revelation 2: 16 – “Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” This was one of God’s churches, yet Jesus said He would fight you if you don’t repent. Does anybody want to ignore His words just to hold onto something that the ministry has 100% agreed that it was a sin?

Jesus had words for the church in Thyatira: Revelation 2: 22 [last]-23 – “…except they REPENT of their deeds. And I will KILL HER CHILDREN with death [meaning spiritual]; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” The works had better be good, not sad excuses to hold to any sin.

Jesus does not tolerate very long adultery, fornication, marijuana smoking, lying, breaking any of the Ten Commandments, statutes or laws. He has called us to be holy as He is holy, righteous as He is righteous, etc. Revelation 2: 29 – “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.”

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