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For Pastors Only Part 2

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October 14, 2020
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A church will only be as effective as the pastor who leads it. In “America’s Last Hope;” as part of the stirring series “Twilight’s Last Gleaming;” Dr. Robert Jeffress shares the three God-given roles every pastor must fulfill in order to effectively lead his church in this dark and decaying world.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • THESE ARE CHALLENGINGDAYS FOR OUR NATION.
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  • I'M SURE YOUAGREE WITH THAT.
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  • THE CORONAVIRUS HASLEFT AMERICA IN A
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  • STATE OF FEAR ANDUNCERTAINTY.
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  • AND WHILE THE PANDEMICHAS BROUGHT MANY AMERICANS
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  • CLOSER TO GOD IT HAS ALSOTURNED MANY MORE AWAY FROM GOD.
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  • IS THERE ANY HOPEFOR OUR GREAT COUNTRY?
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  • THE ANSWER IS ARESOUNDING YES!
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  • AND TODAY, I'LL EXPLAINWHY THE PRESERVATION
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  • OF OUR NATION DEPENDS NOT ONINDIVIDUALS OR POLITICAL LEADERS
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  • BUT ON THE LOCAL CHURCH.
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  • MY MESSAGE TODAY IS TITLED,"FOR PASTOR'S ONLY,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY!
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ BEHOLD, HANGING BEFORE YOU
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  • ♪ IS THE SACRIFICE OF GOD
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  • ♪ THE LAMB PURE AND HOLY
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  • ♪ CREATION STANDS IN AWE
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  • ♪ REMOVING ALL THAT HINDERS
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  • ♪ THE WORSHIP OF OUR KING
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  • ♪ AS HE CRIES IT IS FINISHED
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  • ♪ HEAVEN SINGS
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE PRAISE GO UP
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE PRAISE GO UP
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ WE'RE IN THEPRESENCE OF THE LORD ♪
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE PRAISE GO UP
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE PRAISE GO UP
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ WE'RE IN THEPRESENCE OF THE LORD ♪
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  • ♪ WE SING HOSANNA
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  • ♪ HOSANNA
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  • ♪ IN THE HIGHEST
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  • ♪ HOSANNA
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  • ♪ HOSANNA
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  • ♪ IN THE HIGHEST
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  • ♪ WE SING HOSANNA
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  • ♪ HOSANNA
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  • ♪ IN THE HIGHEST
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE PRAISE GO UP
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE PRAISE GO UP
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ LET THE VEIL DOWN
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  • ♪ WE'RE IN THEPRESENCE OF THE LORD ♪
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  • ♪ WE'RE IN THEPRESENCE OF THE LORD ♪
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • AMERICA IS IN THE MIDST OFCRITICAL EVENTS THE LIKES
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  • OF WHICH WE'VE NEVER SEENBEFORE. IN THESE INCREASINGLY
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  • DIVIDED TIMES LEADING UPTO THE 2020 ELECTION,
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  • NOW MORE THANEVER WE NEED TO JOIN
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  • TOGETHER AND PRAY FORAMERICA. FROM BEST-SELLING
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  • AUTHOR, DR. ROBERTJEFFRESS, COMES
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  • "PRAYING FOR AMERICA," ACOLLECTION OF 40 INSPIRATIONAL
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  • STORIES AND 40 INTENTIONALPRAYERS FOR OUR GREAT NATION.
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  • REQUEST "PRAYING FOR AMERICA"BY DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE AGENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAYTO VICTORY TODAY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • WHEN PEOPLE AS A WHOLESTARTED FORSAKING GOD'S
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  • COMMANDS, THE PROPHET DIDNOT HESITATE TO CONFRONT
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  • THAT DEPARTURE.
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  • WHY ISN'T THATHAPPENING TODAY?
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  • WHY ARE PASTORS SORETICENT TO CONFRONT THEIR
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  • CULTURE WHEN IT DEPARTSFROM GOD'S COMMANDS?
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  • I THINK THERE ARETHREE REASONS PASTORS ARE
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  • HESITANT TO ACT ASPROPHETS. ONE REASON
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  • IS A MISUNDERSTANDINGOF THE BIBLE.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN CITING THEOLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS AS
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  • A MODEL FOR THE PASTOR'SPROPHETIC ROLE TODAY SOME
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  • WILL SAY: WELL, THERE'S ADIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISRAEL
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  • AND THE CHURCH. ISRAELWAS A THEOCRACY.
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  • AND SO THAT MEANS WHENTHE PROPHET SPOKE TO THE
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  • UNGODLY CITIZENS OF ISRAELOR EVEN TO UNGODLY KINGS
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  • THEY WERE STILL SPEAKINGTO THOSE WHO WERE IN A
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  • COVENANTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • NOW, THAT'SCERTAINLY TRUE.
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  • BUT THERE ARE ALSOPROPHETS WHO SPOKE TO
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  • OTHER PEOPLE THAN ISRAEL.
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  • THINK ABOUT JONAH, NAHUM,DANIEL, JOHN THE BAPTIST.
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  • THEY ALL CONFRONTEDGENTILE RULERS AND PEOPLE
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  • WITH GOD'S WORD.
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  • AND THEY REMINDED THEM OFTHE DIRE CONSEQUENCES OF
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  • DISOBEYING GOD'S COMMANDS.
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  • SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO POINTOUT 1 CORINTHIANS 5 THAT
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  • WE LOOKED AT COUPLE OFYEARS AGO WHERE PAUL WAS
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  • CRITICIZING THECORINTHIAN CHURCH FOR NOT
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  • DISCIPLINING ONEOF ITS MEMBERS.
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  • AND PAUL SAID, "DON'TJUDGE THOSE WHO ARE
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  • OUTSIDE THE CHURCH BUT THOSEWHO ARE INSIDE THE CHURCH.
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  • GOD JUDGES THOSE WHOARE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH."
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  • YET, WHEN YOU SEE WHATPAUL WAS SAYING HE WAS
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  • SIMPLY SAYING THE CHURCHCANNOT EXECUTE A SENTENCE
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  • AGAINST SINNERS WHO AREN'TA PART OF THE CHURCH.
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  • WE CAN'T FINE PEOPLE.
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  • WE CAN'T PUT PEOPLEIN JAIL. WE CAN ONLY
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  • DISCIPLINE THOSE WHOARE A PART OF THE CHURCH.
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  • BUT HE WASN'T SAYING YOUDON'T CRITICIZE UNGODLY
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  • BEHAVIOR BY UNBELIEVERS.
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  • THE FACT IS WE ARECALLED TO BE PROPHETS.
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  • AND THAT MEANS NOT ONLYSPEAKING TO OURSELVES,
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  • SPEAKING TOGOD'S OWN PEOPLE,
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  • BUT SPEAKINGTO THE CULTURE.
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  • THE SECOND REASON PASTORSMANY TIMES DON'T ACT AS
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  • PROPHETS IS BECAUSE OF A
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  • MISUNDERSTANDING OFTHE CONSTITUTION.
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  • SOME PASTORS AND MANYLAYMEN BELIEVE THAT THE
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  • SEPARATION OF CHURCH ANDSTATE PROHIBITS PASTORS
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  • FROM ADDRESSINGCONTROVERSIAL ISSUES LIKE
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  • ABORTION ANDSAME SEX MARRIAGES,
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  • BECAUSE SUCHISSUES ARE QUOTE,
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  • "POLITICS" RATHERTHAN SPIRITUAL ISSUES.
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  • NOW, OBVIOUSLY, ANY POLICY, ANYLAW THAT VIOLATES GOD'S STANDARD
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  • IS A SPIRITUAL ISSUE.
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  • FURTHERMORE, AND YOU KNOWTHIS FROM PREVIOUS MESSAGES,
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  • THE PHRASE SEPARATIONOF CHURCH AND STATE
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  • APPEARS NOWHERE INTHE CONSTITUTION,
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  • MUCH LESS THAN THE BIBLE.
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  • OBVIOUSLY, IT HAS HASBEEN TWISTED AND PERVERTED
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  • TO MEAN SOMETHINGTHAT IT DOESN'T MEAN.
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  • YOU'VE HEARD ME SAY BEFORE,
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  • THIS PHRASE ORIGINATEDWITH THOMAS JEFFERSON,
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  • HE WAS WRITING A LETTER OFBAPTIST IN DANBURY, CONNECTICUT,
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  • THEY HAD HEARD THE RUMORTHAT THOMAS JEFFERSON,
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  • THEN PRESIDENT, WAS ABOUT TOMAKE THE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH,
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  • THE STATE CHURCH THAT EVERYONEWOULD HAVE TO BE A PART OF.
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  • AND OF COURSE YOU KNOWBAPTISTS GET NERVOUS
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  • WHEN SOMEBODY ELSE IS GOING TOBE IN CONTROL OTHER THAN THEY,
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  • SO THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY GOTALL HOT AND FLUSTERED ABOUT IT,
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  • THEY WROTE A LETTER TOTHOMAS JEFFERSON SAYING,
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  • IS THIS TRUE?
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  • ARE YOU ABOUT TO MAKETHE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
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  • THE STATE CHURCH.
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  • AND SO PRESIDENT JEFFERSONBORROWED A PHRASE
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  • FROM THE LEADING BAPTISTOF THE DAY, ROGER WILLIAMS,
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  • HE TOOK THAT PHRASE,SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE,
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  • THAT ORIGINATED WITH THE BAPTIST
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  • AND HE WROTE BACK TOTHESE BAPTISTS AND SAID,
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  • DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT.
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  • WE'RE NOT GOING TOINSTITUTE A STATE CHURCH
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  • LIKE WE HAD IN EUROPE.
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  • THE FACT IS, THERE IS A WALL OFSEPARATION
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  • AND JEFFERSON'S WALLOF SEPARATION WAS MEANT
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  • NOT TO PROTECT THEGOVERNMENT FROM THE CHURCH
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  • BUT TO PROTECT THE CHURCHFROM THE GOVERNMENT.
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  • THAT'S HOW HE USED THAT PHRASE,
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  • BUT NEVER DID THOMASJEFFERSON OR ROGER WILLIAMS
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  • HAVE IN MIND THATPASTORS AND CHURCHES
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  • WOULD NOT TRY TOINFLUENCE THE CULTURE
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  • IN WHICH THEY EXISTED.
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  • NEVERTHELESS GROUPS TODAY
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  • LIKE THE AMERICANCIVIL LIBERTIES UNION,
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  • AND MY FAVORITE GROUP,
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  • THE AMERICANS UNITED FOR THESEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE,
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  • THEY REGULARLY TRIED TOINTIMIDATE PASTORS AND CHURCHES
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  • FROM INFLUENCINGLEGISLATION OR ELECTIONS
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  • BY THREATENING THEIRTAX EXEMPT STATUS.
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  • NOW, WHILE A HANDFUL OFCHURCHES THROUGH THE YEARS
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  • HAVE BEEN FINED FOR VIOLATINGTHIS NO SUBSTANTIAL PART
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  • OF MONEY BEING USED FORLEGISLATION OR OTHER ISSUES,
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  • WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IS,
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  • NO CHURCH HAS EVER LOSTITS TAX EXEMPT STATUS
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  • IN THE 57 YEARS SINCE LYNDONJOHNSON HEADED THAT AMENDMENT.
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  • DO YOU REALIZE THAT?
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  • NOT ONE CHURCH INHISTORY HAS EVER LOST
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  • ITS TAX EXEMPT STATUS.
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  • AND THEN MY FRIEND BARRYLYNN WON'T TELL PASTORS THAT.
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  • HE TRIES TO INTIMIDATEPASTORS FIRST.
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  • OH, YOU'RE GOING TO LOSEYOUR TAX EXEMPT STATUS.
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  • NOT ONE CHURCH HAS EVERLOST HER TAX EXEMPT STATUS.
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  • THERE IS ONE CHURCH, THEPIERCE AT CREEK CHURCH
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  • IN BINGHAMTON,NEW YORK THAT LOST
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  • ITS TAX EXEMPT LETTER RULING,WHICH IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT,
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  • BECAUSE DURINGTHE 1992 ELECTION,
  • 00:10:11.233 --> 00:10:14.236
  • THEY RAN A FULLPAGE AD IN USA TODAY
  • 00:10:14.270 --> 00:10:17.206
  • CLAIMING THAT BILL CLINTONWAS THE ANTICHRIST.
  • 00:10:17.239 --> 00:10:20.176
  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGH)
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  • NOT A WISE MOVE, OKAY.
  • 00:10:22.244 --> 00:10:24.847
  • AND IRS NOTIFIED THEM THATTHEY COULDN'T DO THAT ANYMORE
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  • BUT IF THEY DIDN'T DOANYTHING LIKE THAT, AGAIN,
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  • THEY WOULD BE JUST FINE.
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  • BUT HERE'S THE BOTTOMLINE FOR PASTORS.
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  • NO LOCAL CHURCH HASEVER BEEN FINED,
  • 00:10:35.057 --> 00:10:38.828
  • NO LOCAL CHURCH HAS EVERLOST ITS TAX EXEMPT STATUS
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  • FOR ANYTHING THE PASTORHAS DONE IN THE PULPIT.
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  • SO PASTOR, YOU ARE FREE.
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  • OKAY?
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  • YOU ARE FREE TO STANDUP AND SPEAK OUT
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  • AGAINST THOSE MORAL ISSUES.
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  • HERE'S WHAT'S EVEN INTERESTING,
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  • BACK IN THE 2008 ELECTION,
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  • 37 PASTORS WITH THE SUPPORTOF THE ALLIED DEFENSE FUND
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  • DECIDED TO CHALLENGETHIS IRS REGULATION
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  • ABOUT NOT ENDORSING CANDIDATES.
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  • AND SO THEY ALL PLANTOGETHER ON THE SAME SUNDAY
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  • THEY WERE GOING TO STANDUP FROM THEIR PULPIT
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  • AND PUBLICLY AND OFFICIALLYFROM THEIR CHURCH
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  • ENDORSE JOHN MCCAINFOR PRESIDENCY.
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  • AND THE REASON THEYWANTED TO DO THIS,
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  • THEY WANTED TO GET THEIRS TO GO AFTER THEM
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  • SO THAT THIS COULD GOTO THE SUPREME COURT
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  • AND FINALLY GET ADECISION ON THE MATTER.
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  • 37 PASTORS DID THAT,
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  • THE IRS DID NOTINVESTIGATE ONE OF THEM.
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  • THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GETINVOLVED IN IT AT ALL.
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  • NOW, I DON'T ENCOURAGE, IWOULD NOT ADVISE ANY PASTOR
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  • TO OFFICIALLY ENDORSE APOLITICAL CANDIDATE FROM THE
  • 00:11:33.582 --> 00:11:37.286
  • PULPIT. BUT WHAT I'M SAYINGTO PASTORS IS,
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  • DON'T BE INTIMIDATED FROMSHARING WHAT YOU BELIEVE
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  • IS THE TRUTH OF GOD'SWORD FROM YOUR PULPIT.
  • 00:11:43.159 --> 00:11:46.028
  • IT IS A FEAR MANY TIMESOF MISUNDERSTANDING
  • 00:11:46.061 --> 00:11:50.065
  • OF THE CONSTITUTIONTHAT CAUSES PASTORS
  • 00:11:50.099 --> 00:11:52.201
  • TO SILENCE THEMSELVES.
  • 00:11:52.234 --> 00:11:53.836
  • A THIRD REASON PASTORS DON'TACT AS PROPHETS MANY TIMES
  • 00:11:53.869 --> 00:11:56.839
  • IS A FEAR OF CONTROVERSY.
  • 00:11:56.872 --> 00:11:59.275
  • NOW PASTORS MAKE FOR EASYTARGETS OF CRITICISM,
  • 00:11:59.308 --> 00:12:02.511
  • EVEN FROM CHURCH MEMBERS.
  • 00:12:02.545 --> 00:12:04.113
  • YOU KNOW, IT'S EASYFOR LAYMEN TO SAY,
  • 00:12:04.146 --> 00:12:05.648
  • WELL PASTOR WE'RE BEHIND YOU,KEEP STANDING FOR THE TRUTH,
  • 00:12:05.681 --> 00:12:08.450
  • WE'RE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.
  • 00:12:08.484 --> 00:12:11.120
  • UNLESS CHURCH ATTENDANCESTARTS TO FALL
  • 00:12:11.153 --> 00:12:13.823
  • AND RECEIPTS START TODIMINISH A LITTLE BIT
  • 00:12:13.856 --> 00:12:16.358
  • AND THEN SUDDENLY, IT'S OFFWITH HIS HEAD, YOU KNOW.
  • 00:12:16.392 --> 00:12:19.962
  • IT'S VERY EASY FOR THATTO HAPPEN IN CHURCHES
  • 00:12:19.995 --> 00:12:22.431
  • AND MOST PASTORS RECOGNIZE THAT.
  • 00:12:22.464 --> 00:12:24.200
  • ANY TRUE SHEPHERD OFA LOCAL CONGREGATION
  • 00:12:24.233 --> 00:12:26.802
  • IS CONCERNED ABOUT THESPIRITUAL, THE ORGANIZATIONAL
  • 00:12:26.836 --> 00:12:29.505
  • AND YES THE FINANCIALSHEALTH OF HIS CONGREGATION.
  • 00:12:29.538 --> 00:12:33.475
  • AND ALTHOUGH THE UNIVERSALCHURCH WILL NEVER CEASE TO
  • 00:12:33.509 --> 00:12:36.812
  • EXIST, THE FACT IS MANY LOCALCONGREGATIONS HAVE SHUT THEIR
  • 00:12:36.846 --> 00:12:40.749
  • DOORS BECAUSE OFDIMINISHING ATTENDANCE.
  • 00:12:40.783 --> 00:12:42.718
  • NO PASTOR WANTS TO BE THECATALYST FOR KILLING HIS CHURCH.
  • 00:12:42.751 --> 00:12:47.289
  • NOW I'M SYMPATHETIC WITH THAT.
  • 00:12:47.323 --> 00:12:49.191
  • I'M SYMPATHETIC WITHPASTORS WHO ARE CONCERNED
  • 00:12:49.225 --> 00:12:51.694
  • WITH TAKING CONTROLADVERSARIAL STANDS
  • 00:12:51.727 --> 00:12:53.562
  • THAT COULD SEND THEIRCONGREGANTS OUT THE DOOR
  • 00:12:53.596 --> 00:12:55.698
  • AND DISCOURAGED NEW MEMBERSFROM COMING IN THE DOOR.
  • 00:12:55.731 --> 00:12:58.634
  • BUT PREACHING BIBLICALLYBASED MESSAGES
  • 00:12:58.667 --> 00:13:01.370
  • ON CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS,ENCOURAGING YOUR MEMBERS TO
  • 00:13:01.403 --> 00:13:04.807
  • VOTE, CHALLENGING LAWS THATVIOLATE GOD'S LAWS
  • 00:13:04.840 --> 00:13:07.710
  • ARE JUST SOME OF THE WAYSTHAT YOU CAN FULFILL YOUR ROLE
  • 00:13:07.743 --> 00:13:10.946
  • AS A PROPHET.
  • 00:13:10.980 --> 00:13:12.481
  • NOW AT THE RISK OF OFFENDINGSOME, LET ME BE VERY BLUNT,
  • 00:13:12.514 --> 00:13:15.150
  • PASTOR, YOU WILL NEVER BECRITICIZED BY THE WORLD
  • 00:13:15.184 --> 00:13:18.487
  • FOR BUILDING A HOMELESS SHELTER.
  • 00:13:18.520 --> 00:13:20.956
  • YOU WILL NEVER BECRITICIZED BY THIS CULTURE
  • 00:13:20.990 --> 00:13:24.193
  • FOR ASKING YOUR MEMBERSTO GIVE SACRIFICIALLY
  • 00:13:24.226 --> 00:13:26.328
  • TO BUILD WATER WELLS IN AFRICA.
  • 00:13:26.362 --> 00:13:29.632
  • IN FACT, THE CULTURE WILLAPPLAUD YOU AS A PASTOR
  • 00:13:29.665 --> 00:13:32.268
  • FOR DOING THOSE THINGSBECAUSE THEY THINK
  • 00:13:32.301 --> 00:13:34.370
  • THAT'S WHAT A PASTORIS SUPPOSED TO DO.
  • 00:13:34.403 --> 00:13:36.538
  • ENCOURAGING NICE PEOPLETO DO NICE THINGS.
  • 00:13:36.572 --> 00:13:40.809
  • THAT IS THEIR IDEA OF A PASTOR.
  • 00:13:40.843 --> 00:13:42.544
  • NOBODY IS GOING TOCRITICIZE YOU FOR THAT.
  • 00:13:42.578 --> 00:13:45.080
  • BUT IF YOU DARE STANDUP AND POINT YOUR FINGER
  • 00:13:45.114 --> 00:13:47.917
  • AT THE CULTURE ANDSAY THIS IS WRONG,
  • 00:13:47.950 --> 00:13:50.886
  • THUS SAITH THE LORD, YOUBETTER BE READY TO SUFFER.
  • 00:13:50.920 --> 00:13:54.790
  • YOU MAY BE SUFFERING,
  • 00:13:54.823 --> 00:13:56.258
  • NOT THE LOSS OF YOUR LIFE ASTHE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS DID,
  • 00:13:56.292 --> 00:13:59.128
  • BUT BE PREPARED TO SUFFERTHE LOSS OF YOUR REPUTATION,
  • 00:13:59.161 --> 00:14:02.831
  • YOUR CAREER, YOUR LIVELIHOOD.
  • 00:14:02.865 --> 00:14:06.001
  • AND THAT'S WHY PAULSAID IN 2 TIMOTHY 4:2-5,
  • 00:14:06.035 --> 00:14:09.772
  • BE PREPARED TO ENDURE HARDSHIP.
  • 00:14:09.805 --> 00:14:14.009
  • TIMOTHY WAS TOLD THAT IF HEFULFILLED HIS ROLE AS A PROPHET,
  • 00:14:14.043 --> 00:14:17.446
  • IT WAS GOING TOGET HARD AT TIMES.
  • 00:14:17.479 --> 00:14:19.915
  • BUT THAT'S THE PASTOR'S ROLE.
  • 00:14:19.949 --> 00:14:21.717
  • NOT ONLY AS A PREACHER,BUT AS A PROPHET.
  • 00:14:21.750 --> 00:14:25.154
  • 2 TIMOTHY 4 EXPLAINS THETHIRD ROLE OF THE PASTOR
  • 00:14:25.187 --> 00:14:28.590
  • AND THAT IS, AS AN EVANGELIST.
  • 00:14:28.624 --> 00:14:30.726
  • DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST,
  • 00:14:30.759 --> 00:14:32.428
  • PAUL REMINDED TIMOTHYIN 2 TIMOTHY 4:5
  • 00:14:32.461 --> 00:14:35.130
  • AND WHEN PAUL SAID I WANT YOUTO BE AN EVANGELIST TIMOTHY,
  • 00:14:35.164 --> 00:14:38.167
  • HE DIDN'T HAVE IN MIND I WANTYOU TO TRAVEL THE COUNTRYSIDE
  • 00:14:38.200 --> 00:14:41.203
  • WITH FIVE SUITS ANDFIVE SERMONS, OKAY?
  • 00:14:41.236 --> 00:14:43.906
  • THAT'S NOT HIS IDEAOF AN EVANGELIST.
  • 00:14:43.939 --> 00:14:46.508
  • HE MEANT, DO THE WORK ASA PASTOR OR AN EVANGELIST
  • 00:14:46.542 --> 00:14:49.812
  • PROCLAIMING THE GOODNEWS OF THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:14:49.845 --> 00:14:52.481
  • YOU SEE, THE GREATCOMMISSION IN MATTHEW 28,
  • 00:14:52.514 --> 00:14:55.084
  • IS FIRST TO GO INTO ALL THEWORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES,
  • 00:14:55.117 --> 00:14:58.253
  • FULLY DEVOTED FOLLOWERSOF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:14:58.287 --> 00:15:01.256
  • NOW, BEFORE YOU CANBE A DISCIPLE THOUGH,
  • 00:15:01.290 --> 00:15:04.159
  • YOU HAVE TO BE A CONVERT.
  • 00:15:04.193 --> 00:15:05.594
  • YOU HAVE TO BE INTRODUCEDTO FAITH IN CHRIST.
  • 00:15:05.627 --> 00:15:07.629
  • AND WHILE IT'S POSSIBLETO BE A CONVERT
  • 00:15:07.663 --> 00:15:09.565
  • WITHOUT EVER BEING A DISCIPLE,
  • 00:15:09.598 --> 00:15:11.266
  • IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FORSOMEBODY TO BE A DISCIPLE
  • 00:15:11.300 --> 00:15:14.103
  • WITHOUT FIRST OF ALLBEING A CONVERT AND SAVED.
  • 00:15:14.136 --> 00:15:17.106
  • AND SO ONE OF THE PRIMARYTHINGS THAT A PASTOR IS TO DO
  • 00:15:17.139 --> 00:15:20.209
  • IS BEYOND HIS OWN MINISTRY,
  • 00:15:20.242 --> 00:15:22.444
  • HE IS TO BE INVOLVEDIN EVANGELISM.
  • 00:15:22.478 --> 00:15:26.348
  • HOW CAN A PASTOR, BEYONDHIS OWN PERSONAL WITNESS,
  • 00:15:26.382 --> 00:15:29.284
  • BE AND DO THE WORKOF AN EVANGELIST?
  • 00:15:29.318 --> 00:15:31.920
  • LET ME SUGGEST SEVERAL WAYS.
  • 00:15:31.954 --> 00:15:33.355
  • FIRST OF ALL, THROUGHHIS PREACHING.
  • 00:15:33.389 --> 00:15:35.157
  • THROUGH HIS PREACHING.
  • 00:15:35.190 --> 00:15:36.525
  • YES, A PASTOR ISTO PREACH THE WORD
  • 00:15:36.558 --> 00:15:38.360
  • BUT WHAT WORD IS THATTHE WORD TO PREACH?
  • 00:15:38.394 --> 00:15:40.362
  • LISTEN TO 1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-2.
  • 00:15:40.396 --> 00:15:43.265
  • PAUL SAID "AND WHEN ICAME TO YOU, BRETHREN,
  • 00:15:43.298 --> 00:15:45.667
  • "I DID NOT COME WITH SUPERIORITYOF SPEECH OR OF WISDOM,
  • 00:15:45.701 --> 00:15:48.871
  • "PROCLAIMING TO YOUTHE TESTIMONY OF GOD.
  • 00:15:48.904 --> 00:15:51.240
  • "FOR I DETERMINED TODO NOTHING AMONG YOU
  • 00:15:51.273 --> 00:15:53.609
  • "EXCEPT JESUS CHRIST,AND HIM CRUCIFIED."
  • 00:15:53.642 --> 00:15:57.513
  • NOW PAUL WAS NOT SAYING INEVER PREACHED ABOUT ANYTHING
  • 00:15:57.546 --> 00:16:00.115
  • OTHER THAN THECRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST,
  • 00:16:00.149 --> 00:16:02.017
  • LOOK AT CORINTHIANS, HE TALKEDABOUT MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE,
  • 00:16:02.051 --> 00:16:04.453
  • LAWSUITS, LORD'S SUPPER,THE RESURRECTION,
  • 00:16:04.486 --> 00:16:07.423
  • HE TALKED ABOUT AVARIETY OF THINGS
  • 00:16:07.456 --> 00:16:09.658
  • BUT THE POINT IS, JESUSCHRIST WAS FOUNDATIONAL
  • 00:16:09.691 --> 00:16:13.062
  • IN HIS MESSAGE.
  • 00:16:13.095 --> 00:16:14.797
  • AND HE NEEDS TO BE FOUNDATIONALIN OUR MESSAGE TOO.
  • 00:16:14.830 --> 00:16:18.400
  • ONE WAY WE DO THAT PASTOR,MAKE SURE IN EVERY MESSAGE,
  • 00:16:18.434 --> 00:16:21.603
  • NO MATTER WHATYOU'RE TALKING ABOUT,
  • 00:16:21.637 --> 00:16:23.172
  • THERE IS SOME EXPLANATIONOF THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:16:23.205 --> 00:16:25.707
  • EVEN AS TONIGHT IT WILLBE IN THE INVITATION TIME,
  • 00:16:25.741 --> 00:16:29.711
  • DON'T EVER LEAVE THE PULPITWITHOUT SOME EXPLANATION
  • 00:16:29.745 --> 00:16:33.115
  • FOR HOW A PERSON CAN BE SAVED.
  • 00:16:33.148 --> 00:16:35.551
  • YOU KNOW, CHARLESHADDON SPURGEON SAID,
  • 00:16:35.584 --> 00:16:37.219
  • IT DIDN'T MATTER WHATPASSAGE HE WAS IN,
  • 00:16:37.252 --> 00:16:39.455
  • HE ALWAYS MADE ABEELINE TO THE CROSS.
  • 00:16:39.488 --> 00:16:42.024
  • AND WE'RE TO DO THAT AS WELL.
  • 00:16:42.057 --> 00:16:44.793
  • ALSO, I WOULD ENCOURAGETHOSE OF YOU WHO ARE PASTORS,
  • 00:16:44.827 --> 00:16:48.630
  • WHEN YOU'RE PREACHING,ALWAYS CHALLENGE UNBELIEVERS
  • 00:16:48.664 --> 00:16:51.900
  • IN THE AUDIENCE TO MAKE ADECISION TO TRUST IN CHRIST.
  • 00:16:51.934 --> 00:16:55.070
  • NOW I'M A SOUTHERN BAPTIST,
  • 00:16:55.104 --> 00:16:56.538
  • I'M ALWAYS KIDDED BY MY NONSOUTHERN BAPTIST FRIENDS ABOUT,
  • 00:16:56.572 --> 00:16:59.775
  • YOU KNOW, YOUR INVITATIONS,
  • 00:16:59.808 --> 00:17:02.077
  • HAVING PEOPLE WALKDOWN THE AISLE
  • 00:17:02.111 --> 00:17:04.079
  • AND, YOU KNOW, DON'T YOUREALIZE THERE'S NO ILLUSTRATION
  • 00:17:04.113 --> 00:17:08.016
  • OF ANYBODY WALKING DOWN THEAISLE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:17:08.050 --> 00:17:11.320
  • AND THAT'S TRUE.
  • 00:17:11.353 --> 00:17:12.821
  • THERE IS NOT ONE INSTANCE OFANYBODY WALKING DOWN THE AISLE
  • 00:17:12.855 --> 00:17:14.756
  • TO MAKE A DECISION,
  • 00:17:14.790 --> 00:17:16.258
  • MAINLY BECAUSE THERE WERENO AISLES TO WALK DOWN.
  • 00:17:16.291 --> 00:17:18.794
  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGH)
  • 00:17:18.827 --> 00:17:20.028
  • I MEAN, THERE WERENO CHURCH BUILDINGS
  • 00:17:20.062 --> 00:17:21.296
  • FOR THE FIRST 300 YEARSOF THE CHURCH'S HISTORY.
  • 00:17:21.330 --> 00:17:23.966
  • OKAY, THAT'S TRUE.
  • 00:17:23.999 --> 00:17:25.701
  • THERE'S NO PUBLIC COMEFORWARD INVITATION
  • 00:17:25.734 --> 00:17:29.238
  • IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:17:29.271 --> 00:17:30.606
  • BUT NEITHER IS THEREAN EXAMPLE OF ANYONE
  • 00:17:30.639 --> 00:17:33.208
  • WHO EVER PREACHED A SERMONIN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 00:17:33.242 --> 00:17:35.110
  • WHO DIDN'T CALL FOR ADECISION FROM THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:35.144 --> 00:17:37.913
  • AND I WOULD SAY TO YOU, PASTOR,
  • 00:17:37.946 --> 00:17:39.414
  • IF YOUR TRADITION IS NOTTHAT PEOPLE COME FORWARD,
  • 00:17:39.448 --> 00:17:41.350
  • YOU CAN STILL ASK PEOPLETO MAKE A DECISION
  • 00:17:41.383 --> 00:17:43.919
  • RIGHT WHEREVER THEY ARE.
  • 00:17:43.952 --> 00:17:45.387
  • GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITYTO TRUST IN CHRIST,
  • 00:17:45.420 --> 00:17:48.023
  • TO RESPOND TO HIS MESSAGE.
  • 00:17:48.056 --> 00:17:51.093
  • SECOND WAY WE ACT AS EVANGELISTIS THROUGH EQUIPPING.
  • 00:17:51.126 --> 00:17:54.596
  • YOU KNOW, THE PASTORIS TO BE AN EVANGELIST
  • 00:17:54.630 --> 00:17:56.231
  • BUT HE'S NOT THE ONLYEVANGELIST IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:17:56.265 --> 00:17:59.001
  • MY MENTOR AND PROFESSOR FOR SOMANY YEARS, HOWARD HENDRICKS,
  • 00:17:59.034 --> 00:18:02.638
  • USED TO QUOTE BUD WILKINSONIN HIS DEFINITION OF FOOTBALL.
  • 00:18:02.671 --> 00:18:05.374
  • HE SAID, "IN FOOTBALL YOUHAVE 22 MEN ON THE FIELD,
  • 00:18:05.407 --> 00:18:08.177
  • "DESPERATELY IN NEED OF REST,
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:10.179
  • "BEING CHEERED ON BY 50.000SPECTATORS IN THE STANDS
  • 00:18:10.212 --> 00:18:13.515
  • "DESPERATELY INNEED OF EXERCISE."
  • 00:18:13.549 --> 00:18:15.617
  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGH)
  • 00:18:15.651 --> 00:18:18.220
  • THEN PROF WOULD ADD,YOU KNOW THAT MAY BE
  • 00:18:18.253 --> 00:18:21.857
  • AND MAKE FOR EXCITING FOOTBALL
  • 00:18:21.890 --> 00:18:23.892
  • BUT THAT IS A LOUSYWAY TO RUN A CHURCH.
  • 00:18:23.926 --> 00:18:26.862
  • GOD NEVER MEANT FORJUST A FEW PEOPLE
  • 00:18:26.895 --> 00:18:29.131
  • TO BE OUT ON THE FIELDDOING ALL THE WORK.
  • 00:18:29.164 --> 00:18:31.099
  • WE'RE TO ALL BEINVOLVED IN MINISTRY
  • 00:18:31.133 --> 00:18:32.901
  • AND ESPECIALLY EVANGELISM.
  • 00:18:32.935 --> 00:18:34.770
  • REMEMBER THE WORDS OFEPHESIANS 4:11-12.
  • 00:18:34.803 --> 00:18:37.239
  • "AND CHRIST GAVE SOME ASAPOSTLES, HE GAVE SOME AS
  • 00:18:37.272 --> 00:18:40.542
  • PROPHETS, "SOME AS EVANGELISTS,SOME AS PASTORS AND TEACHERS,
  • 00:18:40.576 --> 00:18:43.545
  • "FOR THE EQUIPPING OF THESAINTS FOR THE WORK OF SERVICE
  • 00:18:43.579 --> 00:18:46.949
  • "TO THE BUILDING UP OFTHE BODY OF CHRIST."
  • 00:18:46.982 --> 00:18:49.218
  • THE REASON WE MEET HERE ONSUNDAYS IS TO EQUIP YOU,
  • 00:18:49.251 --> 00:18:51.853
  • THAT WORD KATARTISMON
  • 00:18:51.887 --> 00:18:53.288
  • MEANS THE LOADING UPOF A SHIP WITH SUPPLIES
  • 00:18:53.322 --> 00:18:55.490
  • BEFORE IT SETS OUTON A LONG JOURNEY.
  • 00:18:55.524 --> 00:18:57.559
  • AND THE REASON WEGATHER HERE ON SUNDAYS
  • 00:18:57.593 --> 00:18:59.228
  • IS TO GIVE YOU THESUPPLIES YOU NEED
  • 00:18:59.261 --> 00:19:01.830
  • TO GO OUT AND DO THEWORK OF MINISTRY.
  • 00:19:01.863 --> 00:19:03.865
  • TO BUILD UP THE BODY OF CHRIST,
  • 00:19:03.899 --> 00:19:06.034
  • NOT ONLY SPIRITUALLY,BUT NUMERICALLY.
  • 00:19:06.068 --> 00:19:08.470
  • AND THAT MEANS AS A CHURCH,WHAT WE NEED TO DO HERE
  • 00:19:08.503 --> 00:19:11.640
  • IS MAKE SURE YOU'RE EQUIPPEDTO SHARE THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:19:11.673 --> 00:19:15.043
  • NOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE HEARINGABOUT THIS LATER, THIS SPRING,
  • 00:19:15.077 --> 00:19:17.546
  • AND WE DO THIS ONCEOR TWICE A YEAR.
  • 00:19:17.579 --> 00:19:19.181
  • WE'RE GOING TO BE LEADING AFOUR OR FIVE WEEKS SEMINAR,
  • 00:19:19.214 --> 00:19:21.850
  • WALTER IS GOING TO BE LEADINGON HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH
  • 00:19:21.883 --> 00:19:24.353
  • WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:19:24.386 --> 00:19:25.621
  • IF YOU HAVEN'T GONETHROUGH THAT CLASS,
  • 00:19:25.654 --> 00:19:26.822
  • YOU NEED TO GO THROUGH IT.
  • 00:19:26.855 --> 00:19:28.357
  • OTHER TIMES I HAVE TAKENA SUNDAY AND I'VE ACTUALLY
  • 00:19:28.390 --> 00:19:32.394
  • GONE THROUGH THEEVANGELISTIC BOOK
  • 00:19:32.427 --> 00:19:34.029
  • THAT WE GIVE OUTHERE IN OUR CHURCH
  • 00:19:34.062 --> 00:19:35.797
  • AND JUST SHOWING PEOPLE HOW YOUUSE THIS GOSPEL PRESENTATION
  • 00:19:35.831 --> 00:19:38.767
  • WITH SOMEBODY, HOWDO YOU GET INTO IT?
  • 00:19:38.800 --> 00:19:40.602
  • HOW DO YOU READ THROUGH IT?
  • 00:19:40.636 --> 00:19:41.803
  • HOW DO YOU CLOSETHE DEAL WITH THEM?
  • 00:19:41.837 --> 00:19:43.672
  • AND YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTINGWHEN I'VE DONE THAT
  • 00:19:43.705 --> 00:19:45.307
  • IN THE PAST, A LOT OFPEOPLE LEFT EQUIPPED
  • 00:19:45.340 --> 00:19:48.277
  • TO SHARE THE GOSPEL AND AFEW UNBELIEVERS GOT SAVED
  • 00:19:48.310 --> 00:19:50.812
  • JUST BY GOING THROUGHTHAT PRESENTATION.
  • 00:19:50.846 --> 00:19:52.814
  • THAT'S A WAY, PASTOR, FORYOU TO EQUIP YOUR PEOPLE
  • 00:19:52.848 --> 00:19:55.817
  • FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY.
  • 00:19:55.851 --> 00:19:57.386
  • A THIRD WAY WE DO THAT, A THIRDWAY WE ACT AS AN EVANGELIST
  • 00:19:57.419 --> 00:20:00.756
  • IS THROUGH ORGANIZING.
  • 00:20:00.789 --> 00:20:02.791
  • YOU KNOW, YOU READTHROUGH THE BOOK OF ACTS,
  • 00:20:02.824 --> 00:20:04.660
  • THE CHRONICLES, THEMINISTRY OF PAUL
  • 00:20:04.693 --> 00:20:06.695
  • AND YOU QUICKLY COMETO THE CONCLUSION
  • 00:20:06.728 --> 00:20:08.730
  • THAT PAUL WAS A MAN WITH A PLAN.
  • 00:20:08.764 --> 00:20:10.832
  • HE HAD A PLAN FOR REACHINGHIS WORLD FOR CHRIST.
  • 00:20:10.866 --> 00:20:15.304
  • NOW, SOMETIMES HISPLANS DIDN'T PAN OUT.
  • 00:20:15.337 --> 00:20:18.206
  • I MEAN, SOMETIMES HISPLANS GOT VETOED BY GOD,
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:20.776
  • ONE TIME HE WANTEDTO GO BETHANIA,
  • 00:20:20.809 --> 00:20:22.644
  • GOD SAID, NO, YOU'RE GOINGTO MACEDONIA INSTEAD.
  • 00:20:22.678 --> 00:20:25.347
  • BUT THE POINT IS, HE HAD A PLAN.
  • 00:20:25.380 --> 00:20:27.282
  • HE JUST DIDN'TSIT THERE AND WAIT
  • 00:20:27.316 --> 00:20:28.583
  • FOR SOMETHING GOOD TO HAPPEN.
  • 00:20:28.617 --> 00:20:30.185
  • HE WANTED TO TAKE THEGOSPEL TO EVERYONE.
  • 00:20:30.218 --> 00:20:32.988
  • AND I WOULD SAY PASTOR,
  • 00:20:33.021 --> 00:20:34.389
  • ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTIONWHEREVER YOU ARE,
  • 00:20:34.423 --> 00:20:36.158
  • CHURCH FAMILY, WHATIS OUR STRATEGY
  • 00:20:36.191 --> 00:20:39.061
  • FOR TAKING THEGOOD NEWS OF CHRIST
  • 00:20:39.094 --> 00:20:40.896
  • TO THE COMMUNITY WE'RE IN?
  • 00:20:40.929 --> 00:20:42.531
  • WE NEED A STRATEGY.
  • 00:20:42.564 --> 00:20:43.865
  • WE HAVE TO HAVE A PLAN.
  • 00:20:43.899 --> 00:20:45.534
  • IF GOD HAS PLACED YOURCHURCH AS A LAMP STAND
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  • TO ILLUMINATE THELORD JESUS CHRIST,
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  • THEN MAXIMIZE THATOPPORTUNITY THAT YOU HAVE
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  • BY DEVELOPING A PLAN.
  • 00:20:53.175 --> 00:20:55.477
  • NOW, THINK ABOUT D. L. MOODY,
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  • SOMEBODY CAME UP TOHIM VERY ANGRY SAID,
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  • "MR. MOODY, I DO NOT LIKE YOURPLAN OF DOING EVANGELISM."
  • 00:20:59.147 --> 00:21:03.251
  • AND MOODY SAID, "I LIKE MYPLAN OF DOING EVANGELISM BETTER
  • 00:21:03.285 --> 00:21:06.154
  • "THAN YOUR PLAN OFNOT DOING EVANGELISM."
  • 00:21:06.188 --> 00:21:08.623
  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGH)
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  • IN FACT AS PASTOR, YOUDON'T HAVE TO ADOPT OUR PLAN
  • 00:21:10.092 --> 00:21:12.994
  • BUT WHAT PLAN DO YOU HAVE?
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  • WHAT STRATEGY DO YOUHAVE FOR BEING THAT LIGHT
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  • IN THAT COMMUNITY WHEREGOD HAS PLACED YOU?
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  • YOU KNOW IN SPEECH CLASSES,
  • 00:21:22.504 --> 00:21:25.006
  • WE WERE TAUGHT THERE ARE ANUMBER OF WAYS TO END A TALK.
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:28.043
  • YOU CAN DO SO WITH APENETRATING QUESTION
  • 00:21:28.076 --> 00:21:30.345
  • OR A RELEVANT QUOTE ORAN INTERESTING STORY
  • 00:21:30.379 --> 00:21:33.048
  • OR A POEM OR A SONG.
  • 00:21:33.081 --> 00:21:35.717
  • DON'T GET AFRAID, I'MNOT GOING TO SING THE SONG.
  • 00:21:35.751 --> 00:21:39.788
  • BUT ONE WAY TO END A MESSAGE
  • 00:21:39.821 --> 00:21:42.524
  • IS BY REPEATING THE MAJORTHESIS OF THAT MESSAGE.
  • 00:21:42.557 --> 00:21:46.895
  • AND THAT'S THE WAYI WANT TO END TONIGHT.
  • 00:21:46.928 --> 00:21:49.898
  • I WANT YOU TO LISTENCAREFULLY TO THESE WORDS.
  • 00:21:49.931 --> 00:21:52.768
  • THE PRESERVATION OF OUR NATION
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  • FOR THE PROCLAMATIONOF THE GOSPEL
  • 00:21:56.138 --> 00:22:00.208
  • DEPENDS UPON THE EFFECTIVENESSOF LOCAL CHURCHES
  • 00:22:00.242 --> 00:22:02.744
  • IN FULFILLING THEIR MISSION.
  • 00:22:02.778 --> 00:22:05.480
  • AND THE EFFECTIVENESSOF LOCAL CHURCHES
  • 00:22:05.514 --> 00:22:09.584
  • FULFILLING THEIR MISSIONDEPENDS UPON PASTORS
  • 00:22:09.618 --> 00:22:13.755
  • FULFILLING THEIRCALLING, AS PREACHERS,
  • 00:22:13.789 --> 00:22:17.526
  • AS PROPHETS, AND AS EVANGELIST.
  • 00:22:17.559 --> 00:22:21.463
  • PASTORS TONIGHTESPECIALLY GOD HELP YOU
  • 00:22:21.496 --> 00:22:24.566
  • AS YOU FULFILL YOURGOD GIVEN CALLING.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:27.602 --> 00:22:33.208
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY, WE'REPRAYING THAT GOD WOULD USE
  • 00:22:33.241 --> 00:22:36.244
  • TODAY'S MESSAGE TO IGNITE ARENEWED PASSION AMONG PASTORS
  • 00:22:36.278 --> 00:22:40.682
  • TO PREACH THE GOSPEL WITHFREEDOM AND WITH BOLDNESS.
  • 00:22:40.715 --> 00:22:45.454
  • YOU SEE WHEN THIS PROGRAMTOUCHES A PASTOR'S LIFE,
  • 00:22:45.487 --> 00:22:48.657
  • THOUSANDS OF OTHERSARE THE RECIPIENTS
  • 00:22:48.690 --> 00:22:50.692
  • OF GOD'S GRACE AS WELL.
  • 00:22:50.725 --> 00:22:52.661
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE AGENEROUS GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:22:52.694 --> 00:22:55.096
  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY, GODIS USING YOUR GIFT TO REACH
  • 00:22:55.130 --> 00:22:58.733
  • PASTORS ALL ACROSS AMERICAAND AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 00:22:58.767 --> 00:23:03.171
  • AS YOU GIVE, THESE PASTORSARE FEEDING THEIR CHURCHES
  • 00:23:03.205 --> 00:23:06.808
  • WITH THE LIFE GIVINGTRUTH OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:23:06.842 --> 00:23:09.444
  • THEY HEAR ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:09.478 --> 00:23:11.913
  • THANK YOU FOR HELPING USSEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:23:11.947 --> 00:23:15.150
  • TO PIERCE THE DARKNESSWITH THE LIGHT GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:15.183 --> 00:23:19.287
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
  • 00:23:19.321 --> 00:23:21.690
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORYIN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:21.723 --> 00:23:25.126
  • WHEN WE BOLDLY APPEAL TOGOD FOR HIS HELP, AND WHEN
  • 00:23:25.160 --> 00:23:28.430
  • WE PRAY ABOUT ISSUES THATAFFECT OUR LIVES,
  • 00:23:28.463 --> 00:23:31.199
  • WE DIRECTLY INFLUENCE OURFAMILIES, OUR CHURCHES,
  • 00:23:31.233 --> 00:23:34.636
  • AND OUR NATION. IT HAS HAPPENEDBEFORE, AND IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN.
  • 00:23:34.669 --> 00:23:38.740
  • IN HIS BEST-SELLING BOOK,"PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
  • 00:23:38.773 --> 00:23:41.243
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSRECOUNTS 40 FASCINATING
  • 00:23:41.276 --> 00:23:44.279
  • REAL -LIFE STORIES OFFAITH AND COURAGE
  • 00:23:44.312 --> 00:23:46.248
  • FROM AMERICAN HISTORY ALONGWITH 40 PRAYERS TO HELP
  • 00:23:46.281 --> 00:23:49.651
  • YOU PRAY INTENTIONALLY FORTHE COUNTRY WE LOVE.
  • 00:23:49.684 --> 00:23:52.654
  • TRAGICALLY MILLIONSOF AMERICANS HAVE
  • 00:23:52.687 --> 00:23:54.923
  • BECOME ADVERSARIALTOWARD GOD.
  • 00:23:54.956 --> 00:23:57.125
  • OTHERS BELIEVE THAT GOD ISTURNING HIS BACK ON OUR
  • 00:23:57.158 --> 00:23:59.628
  • COUNTRY. I WROTE MY BOOK,"PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
  • 00:23:59.661 --> 00:24:02.330
  • TO HELP YOU PRAY AND TO SERVEAS A CATALYST FOR CALLING
  • 00:24:02.364 --> 00:24:05.767
  • ON GOD FOR HIS MERCYAND HIS GRACE.
  • 00:24:05.800 --> 00:24:08.770
  • THE ONLY HOPE FOR CHANGING THECOURSE OF AMERICA'S FUTURE
  • 00:24:08.803 --> 00:24:11.873
  • IS TO PRAY FOR OUR GREAT NATION.REQUEST YOUR COPY OF
  • 00:24:11.907 --> 00:24:15.477
  • "PRAYING FOR AMERICA" WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:15.510 --> 00:24:18.046
  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY. ANDWHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:18.079 --> 00:24:21.917
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE"AMERICA AND THE BIBLE"
  • 00:24:21.950 --> 00:24:24.886
  • TEACHING SERIESON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:24.920 --> 00:24:28.089
  • THE FIRST AMENDMENTABSOLUTELY HAS NOTHING TO SAY
  • 00:24:28.123 --> 00:24:31.426
  • ABOUT NATIVITY SCENES. ORPRAYERS AT GRADUATIONS.
  • 00:24:31.459 --> 00:24:35.463
  • OR TEN COMMANDMENT DISPLAYS.
  • 00:24:35.497 --> 00:24:37.599
  • IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHINGTO SAY ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:24:37.632 --> 00:24:40.201
  • OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDEDAS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
  • 00:24:40.235 --> 00:24:43.972
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS BRINGINGTHE TRANSFORMING HOPE
  • 00:24:44.005 --> 00:24:46.441
  • AND POWER OF GOD'S WORD TO
  • 00:24:46.474 --> 00:24:48.243
  • YOUR HOME, YOUR CITY, ANDTHROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:48.276 --> 00:24:50.979
  • THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTINGPATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY.
  • 00:24:51.012 --> 00:24:54.282
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:24:54.316 --> 00:24:57.419
  • BECOMING EFFECTIVE IN THISWORLD AS SALT AND LIGHT
  • 00:24:57.452 --> 00:25:00.522
  • IS RARELY A SOLO EFFORT.
  • 00:25:00.555 --> 00:25:03.124
  • IN FACT, WE'RE FAR STRONGERWHEN WE BAND TOGETHER
  • 00:25:03.158 --> 00:25:05.961
  • WITH OTHER BELIEVERS.
  • 00:25:05.994 --> 00:25:07.362
  • AND THAT'S WHY GODCREATED THE CHURCH,
  • 00:25:07.395 --> 00:25:10.098
  • NOT JUST TO HELP YOU ANDYOUR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT,
  • 00:25:10.131 --> 00:25:13.635
  • BUT TO HELP YOU BECOME SALT,
  • 00:25:13.668 --> 00:25:15.236
  • A PRESERVATIVE AND TO BELIGHT IN THIS DECAYING
  • 00:25:15.270 --> 00:25:18.740
  • AND DARKENING WORLD.
  • 00:25:18.773 --> 00:25:20.709
  • WELL, TO MANY CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:25:20.742 --> 00:25:22.811
  • PERSECUTION IS SOMETHING THATHAPPENS IN A FAR OFF PLACE
  • 00:25:22.844 --> 00:25:26.381
  • LIKE ASIA OR THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 00:25:26.414 --> 00:25:28.416
  • BUT IN REALITY PERSECUTION
  • 00:25:28.450 --> 00:25:30.785
  • IS ALREADY TAKINGPLACE IN AMERICA.
  • 00:25:30.819 --> 00:25:33.455
  • NEXT TIME, I'M GOING TOOFFER THREE ESSENTIAL WORDS
  • 00:25:33.488 --> 00:25:37.025
  • TO HELP YOU PREPARE FORTHE PERSECUTION AHEAD.
  • 00:25:37.058 --> 00:25:40.462
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:25:40.495 --> 00:25:43.365
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:43.398 --> 00:25:46.201
  • ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:46.234 --> 00:25:48.103
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:48.136 --> 00:25:50.805
  • YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST A COPY
  • 00:25:50.839 --> 00:25:52.574
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S BRAND NEWBOOK, "PRAYING FOR AMERICA."
  • 00:25:52.607 --> 00:25:56.411
  • PLUS THREE COMPLIMENTARYISSUES OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE
  • 00:25:56.444 --> 00:25:59.681
  • ARE OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLYFOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:25:59.714 --> 00:26:02.984
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:03.018 --> 00:26:04.753
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:04.786 --> 00:26:07.555
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE "AMERICA AND THE BIBLE"
  • 00:26:07.589 --> 00:26:10.725
  • TEACHING SERIES ONBOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:10.759 --> 00:26:14.562
  • THESE PROGRAMSARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:14.596 --> 00:26:16.598
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:16.631 --> 00:26:18.333
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:18.366 --> 00:26:20.869
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:20.902 --> 00:26:21.870
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:21.903 --> 00:26:25.840
  • ANY CHRISTIAN WHO SERIOUSLYTAKES GOD'S COMMAND
  • 00:26:25.874 --> 00:26:30.445
  • TO BE LIGHT AND SALT INTHIS DARK AND DECAYING WORLD
  • 00:26:30.478 --> 00:26:35.116
  • NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND YOU MAY NOT
  • 00:26:35.150 --> 00:26:37.819
  • AND WILL NOT ALWAYSRECEIVE JUSTICE,
  • 00:26:37.852 --> 00:26:40.355
  • BUT YOU ALWAYS CAN BE GUARANTEEDTO RECEIVE PERSECUTION.
  • 00:26:40.388 --> 00:26:46.061
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:46.094 --> 00:26:48.463
  • FOR THE MESSAGE, "WHENPERSECUTION COMES,"
  • 00:26:48.496 --> 00:26:51.032
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:51.066 --> 00:26:53.068
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:26:53.101 --> 00:26:59.941
  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,BIBLE TEACHER ON
  • 00:26:59.974 --> 00:27:01.976
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY, AND I'MSTANDING HERE ON MOUNT CARMEL
  • 00:27:02.010 --> 00:27:05.980
  • IN ISRAEL WHERE ELIJAHDID BATTLE WITH THE
  • 00:27:06.014 --> 00:27:08.616
  • FALSE PROPHETS OF BAAL.AND IT'S JUST ONE OF THE
  • 00:27:08.650 --> 00:27:10.885
  • PLACES THAT WE'RE GOING TOSEE ON OUR TOUR OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:27:10.919 --> 00:27:14.456
  • ON THIS TOUR, WE'LL VISITKEY SITES RELATED TO THE
  • 00:27:14.489 --> 00:27:17.292
  • END TIMES. WE'LL VISITARMAGEDDON, WE'LL STAND ON
  • 00:27:17.325 --> 00:27:20.495
  • THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, WE'LLVISIT HIS EMPTY TOMB.
  • 00:27:20.528 --> 00:27:23.665
  • JOIN US FOR THE PATHWAY TOVICTORY BIBLE PROPHECY TOUR,
  • 00:27:23.698 --> 00:27:27.602
  • MARCH, 2021.
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