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Screaming Preachers

John Collins02/18/2013

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If you decided to visit your child’s school one day, dropping in unexpectedly to watch as your child learned from this person you trust your child with for the major portion of his or her day, you would have expectations from the teacher.

You would not want someone harsh and bitter with your child.  Even if you saw this teacher screaming at another child, you would be utterly shocked!  In fact, if you found that this person had an uncontrollable habit of raising their voice, you’d probably take your child out of school and find a different teacher!

As a child of God, it’s strange that we find so many under the influence of William Branham that scream at God’s children.  Mimicking the charismatic preachers, they raise their voices to capture the emotions of the congregation.  And like schoolchildren, the mental state of the “children” in the congregation become alert to listen to the screaming preacher, just as the schoolchild.  The problem?  If the preacher strays from the Scripture, the congregation will still be influenced.

This is not the way that Paul spoke.  Paul was very humble and calm.  In fact, in 1 Corinthians 2, he says that he did NOT raise his voice as others did in pagan worship of his day:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty (elevated) speech or wisdom.  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  

Charismatic preachers are like cheap magicians.  Using “slight of hand” techniques, they scream at you and direct your focus, while other ideas are slipped into their teachings.  Many speak to the “power” that should be in the ministry, applying the word “power” to whatever spiritual gift that they focus on.  For some, it may be speaking in tongues, for others healing, for others prophecy, and the list goes on.  Paul says that without love, these men are nothing more than crashing cymbals.

You see, Paul’s power was not in healing or other gifts.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2 that his power instead was in the Word of God:

And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

When you read the entire chapter in context, rather than snipping out this single verse, it is evident that Paul is referring to the Power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ – not powers likened to that of a sorcerer.  The very first verse of this chapter is about the testimony of Christ crucified – not what he could do or what he had accomplished.

He continues on, talking about the message given, not the gifts received:

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.  But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.  None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

Paul did discuss great spiritual things with the elders.  But it was not hidden mysteries that were for some “elite group” of people.  Paul discussed the Mystery that was Christ crucified!

Now that the false teaching of William Branham is under fire, certain “screaming ministers” are telling their congregations not to study the scripture for themselves.  This is a direct disagreement with the Apostle Paul:

these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.  And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

If we truly have the Holy Spirit in our lives, that Holy Spirit does not blindly accept the words of screaming preachers just because they are subduing us with their emotional bindings.  Paul says that the Spirit searches EVERYTHING!

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Let me repeat that last part of the last verse:  But we have the mind of Christ!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we letting screaming preachers bind the Holy Spirit within us, keeping it from searching everything as Paul describes?  Are we letting their “lofty voices” drive us into submission, bottling up the Holy Spirit within us?  Is God outside watching inside the church at the screaming teacher, begging to let someone with patience, longsuffering, and love teach them?  Or has God already left, moving on to other churches that teach Christ crucified instead of false prophecy?

…or did the teaching stop in 1965 when a false prophet died?


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