False, ‘bootleg’ preachers preying on God’s children

| May 7, 2014
Minister Joseph Ducker says too many people are using God's pulpits to abuse people.

Minister Joseph Ducker says too many people are using God’s pulpits to abuse people.

By Minister Joseph Ducker
Special to Frost Illustrated

I’ve learned that prayer changes things. Pray when you’re up or down.

First and foremost, I don’t think it up—I look it up and study the Word of God. Sound doctrine is what needs to be preached and listened to because the false prophets have turned God’s House and pulpit into a clown show, and if you don’t ride in the clown car with them, you are blackballed. But, I’d rather be blackballed than take advantage of the poor, the lost and confused.

First on my list are the innocent children who are being molested mentally and sexually. A whole community supports a pastor who is nothing but a pedephile and denounces the ministers who were under his unqualified leadership along with a sexually dysfunctional staff and leadership from another church in the clique with them. I refuse to support his hellbound group of ministers who are dividing this city—mainly their own people—and community.

Instead of lifting up people, they put them down. Instead of giving them sound advice, they make promises that only God can fulfill. If God is not in it, it’s headed for disaster. Just read Peter 2:2 and it should certify what I’m saying.

The Holy Spirit that’s in me gives me a true message from God and that’s what makes the difference between a bootleg preacher and a truly called man of God—a man of vision. I haven’t crossed every “T” and dotted every “I,” but God made room at the cross for even me. We fail because of lack of knowledge.

Nobody should have more influence than God. The bootleg preachers are bullies. They fabricate rumors and lies to obstruct growth, to block or slow it down because of self-motivated goals, which are only for their glory—not God’s. I will not be bullied into silence because God called me out from among them to tell them to be competent, worthy, a full member of the coming Kingdom of God.

Some so-called Christians lack humility. They desire the praise and honor of people rather than the approval of God. Read John 12:42-43. Real Christians must not condone evil but overcome evil with good. Assisting the less fortunate and sharing Christ with the lost will help us avoid Satan’s snares. God is more than a match for Satan and we are more than conquerors through Him. Read Romans 8:37-39 to certify what I am trying to say.

Another problem I have with poor leadership is the dishonest people they get to handle the financial part of the service. The pastor takes up too many collections and the envelope counters steal and divide the church because they treat you according to how much money you give. If you don’t have much to give, you will be treated like a common thug.

Read Ephesians 2:11-22. Verse 21 says “…in whom all the building, being fitly framed together groweth into a holy temple in the Lord.” The foundation I stand on now, the apostles and prophets before stood on and the cornerstone of the building is Jesus Christ himself. Certify it by reading Ephesians 8:2-20.

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