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Chapter 12. The Disrespectful Church

January 26, 2010

The Disrespectful Church

The first service of his pastorate was a Bible Study night. The Pastor was teaching from the Book of Romans, Chapter 8… “there is therefore now no condemnation…”  His back was to the audience while he wrote on the blackboard.   A voice hollered out.. (An antagonist was wanting to show the new Pastor up on the first night.) “Hey, Pastor, who’s going to be the Two Witnesses?” The question was miles off the subject of the lesson. The Pastor  recognizing the spirit of the question and remembering the verse that said to answer a fool accord to his folly, he slowly looked over his shoulder and said, “The Democrats and the Republicans, who did you think?”

The men of the church were busy a few months later working on the church. They had finally got enough money to start building the main floor of the church. A basement church is fine as far as that goes. But years in the ground had made them hope for the day when they could finish the project, and move to the main floor. The pastor worked alongside the men of the church.  Their volunteer labor was greatly needed and appreciated.

The church had been board run for years. A large family felt they could throw their weight around. They had enjoyed running things around there for years. This latest pastor was an irritant to them. His preaching on modesty and separation from the world was offensive to some of them. They were biding their time.

“Brother, could I get you to sweep up that trash over there?”, asked the pastor while pointing to small piles of trash on the decking. “What trash?” came the caustic reply, “the only “trash” we have around here is what stands behind the pulpit!”  The man of God was stunned. He turned away and went home.

That night at church the same man stood up during the service and began to speak out against the pastor. While he was standing, the Lord smote him and paralyzed him completely. Friends came to his aid and when they tried to pick him up, they couldn’t bend him. He was stiff and unbending. It was like the were carrying a log. The small congregation sat speechless. What had just happened?

The men struggled to get their friend out into the car to take him to the hospital, but they couldn’t bend him to get him into the car, no matter how hard they tried. They tried several times, using different doors of the car, but to no avail.

Although the man couldn’t move and was stiff, he was able to speak somewhat. He asked the men to go get the pastor. The pastor left the pulpit. The rest of the church stood or knelt and prayed earnestly. The Fear of God had fallen on them. No one wanted God’s anger to be directed towards them. They had never seen anything like this before. They had never even heard of anything like this before.

The pastor was led to the car. When the rebellious man saw the man of God, he began to weep and asked for forgiveness. He said,  “God has punished me because of my bad spirit and lack of obedience and submission. Pastor, would you forgive me for my bad spirit and the terrible things I have said to you? I’m so sorry!”

“Of course I’ll forgive you”, the pastor said. He then laid his hands on the man and prayed for him, asking God to release the judgment. Immediately the man was restored to normal health.

This too was Home Missions

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Willie Cox permalink
    January 26, 2010 9:28 am

    WOW!!! What more can you really say but WOW!!!

  2. Joseph Conroy permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:03 am

    And here all this time I thought that that kind of thing only happened to ME! Thank you so much for posting this!

    Brother Joseph Conroy, Germany

    • January 26, 2010 10:23 am

      I pray Blessings your way, my Brother! I believe in you and your ministry!

  3. Willie Cox permalink
    January 26, 2010 10:34 am

    Two of my favorite preachers in Pentecost, right here on the same page! Bro. Ballestero, I ALWAYS enjoy hearing/reading what you have to say!
    Bro. Conroy, it’s been a long time! I still remember the message you preached about angels!

    Both of you dear brothers are dearly loved by Truth Harbor Apostolic Church in Lake Park, Georgia!

    Thank you for your undying dedication!

  4. January 26, 2010 8:57 pm

    Great Story I love these.

  5. Steve Epley permalink
    January 27, 2010 7:09 am

    I remember your good Father telling that story. Thank you for these wonderful stories you are sharing.

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