As we approach the holiday season, I realize that so much has changed since the last time I wrote. I have been pursuing ministry like a mad man, with very little to no opportunities to preach lately. Of course, the real form of preaching is living as the Word teaches us to live. A sermon that one lives is always more of a true testament to God's wonderful Word than any traditional Sunday morning sermon. I make an effort to show people the Christ that lives within me. I won't attempt to lie and say that I don't miss preaching and teaching in churches across the world. Unfortunately, because of the way that I look, my opportunities are few. It's truly crazy to think that it's almost 2018, yet most pastors and churches are still the same judgmental hypocrites today just as they were in the last 2000 years of ministry. They take one look at me and my tattoos and instantly tell me that I'm not fit to preach in their pulpits. They assume that they have the authority to decide who ministers the Word of God in " their " churches. They have convinced themselves that regardless of what God wants, they will do what is best for keeping up appearances in their churches.
This is very unfortunate. I have devoted so many years of my life to the Word of God and committed myself and my time to doing His work. Religion has crippled the pulpits of America. Religious traditions and nonsensical man made rules cripple growth in the body of Christ. If you don't believe me, just take a real look at the condition of the Church world today in America. Churches are closing almost every single day in this supposed land of the free. Of course, thats just the beginning of the true fall of the body of Christ. Every day, people who claim Christ as their Lord and Savior become more tolerant to the world and it's policies. "Christians", are purposely compromising their beliefs that they used to hold closely to please mankind and the common opinions that circulate through the secular society we live in. Gay marriage is a prime example. I personally know many people who claim to be born again, Bible believing Christians, yet they protest for the rights of homosexual marriage. Even though, they know for a fact that Word of God plainly states that marriage is to be a union for a man and a woman. Why would Christians compromise the Word of God? The answer is simple, they wanna fit in with the world. They want social acceptance. So, they compromise their biblical beliefs to accommodate sinful decisions and situations.
This example is such a small, yet real example of how the Body of Christ is falling apart. This is exactly why the Bible says that the path to righteousness is narrow, and few find it. We as Bible believing people are supposed to be set apart from this world. Yet, I see churches every day conforming more and more to these secular patterns and lifestyles. And if your someone like me, who isn't afraid to speak the truth, even when it offends people, you are labeled as someone who doesn't "love" their neighbor. This is another reason why churches don't want me to come and preach in their churches. They don't want the truth. They know that there is a very probable chance that something I teach from the pulpit will contradict their compromised sermons they have been spewing on their congregation. The last thing in the world they want is someone like me to come and actually preach the truth. They fear losing members of their flock , which means they lose those members money as well. Instead of relying on the Word of God to provide, they have put their faith in the giving of their congregation. This in itself is wrong and sinful. These churches have made the congregations income their source, and Jesus is the only source they should be seeking. The Word of God is clear that He will provide ALL of our needs. Not some of our needs, not most at times, but ALL of our needs. In order for this to happen, God expects us to actually have the faith and assurance that He is able to provide, regardless if the congregation gives or not.
I have realized through many years of tribulations and financial stress, the only way to get out from underneath that burden of struggle requires two attributes. Hard work and the ability to surrender. I mean to actually surrender our selves to God and admit that we need His help. Every single day we need Him. Remember, the only way we get exalted, is after we first humble ourselves. Admitting that we need Christ desperately every single day is paramount to receiving the promises that Christ gave us in the Word of God. And of course, hard work. The fact that Paul made it clear that faith without works is dead, is proof that God hates laziness. We can't sit around and expect God to drop checks in the mail so we can be lazy and a unproductive member of society. Every single financially blessed person on the Bible was a hard worker. They realized the value of work and what role it plays in receiving Gods blessing on our lives. If you don't believe me, just look at Abraham. He was one of the hardest working men that has ever lived. He set a real example for us as Christians as how we should live. We must not only truly believe everything we learn from Gods Word, but we have to apply it and be a direct representation of His Word.
I have realized that the only way I will ever expand my ministry is to do it with hard work and with help from God all mighty. I refuse to rely on other ministries and churches to help me pursue my passion to preach the Gospel any more. The body of Christ is divided, broken, and falling apart more and more every single day. I refuse to fellowship with people and refuse to do any business with people in ministry who don't teach the true, uncompromising Word of God. People like that are doing more harm than they are doing good. I have a passion to preach the Word of God full time some day. I have a passion to travel and help people see the real blessing that comes from a committed life to Christ. Until that day comes, I will continue to do what I have been doing for many years.. I will continue to refuse compromise with the Word of God and will continue to speak the truth, regardless if it's popular opinion, regardless if it offends. Your children get offended when you discipline them, but that's certainly not validation to stop teaching them through discipline the reward of doing what's just.
Until next time..
Reverend Ian Potter is a Spirit Filled Evangelist who preaches the Raw , Uncompromised , Gospel of Jesus Christ.