Here is something we don't come across very often: A pastor protecting his flock from the latest heresies and fads that are sweeping Christendom through popular books, teachings and teachers leading millions off the path of Truth. I first heard this preacher from First Baptist Church of Johnson City, NY last weekend after several friends shared it with me. I was personally touched and impacted by Pastor Jim Murphy's gracious and humble but firm conviction to stand on God's Word and nothing else. He titled his message, The Subtlety of Satan.
Telling his flock, "we're going to root this stuff out of our ministry," Pastor Jim's message to his congregation last Sunday must have surely come at a cost. Any time a preacher names names and sounds the alarm, there will be warfare. But Jim knows where the buck stops:
"I’m responsible for this ministry. I will be called a tyrant, a fundamentalist, controlling – you fill in the blanks – I don’t care anymore. We’re going to be making some changes and we’re going to root this stuff out of our ministry because it is unacceptable. It is not biblical Christianity and we’re going to get back to the Bible. I’m not going to make a lot of friends."
I have been personally recommending this excellent sermon, and I encourage you to absorb what this man of God is telling his sheep. You'll want to make sure you listen all the way to the end. I hope you are as challenged, as humbled and as encouraged as I've been:
- A Shepherd Guards His Flock (solasisters.blogspot.com)
- A Must Hear Message: A Warning To The Flock (hearshisvoice.wordpress.com)
- Pastor Jim Murphy Tells Congregation: 'We're going to root this stuff out of our ministry' (steakandabible.com)
- Justin Peters on Mangled Manifestations Of The Word Faith Movement (christianresearchnetwork.org)
- A Survey of Heresies (solasisters.blogspot.com)
- Ancient Heresies and Why They Still Matter (steakandabible.com)