That is what Bethel Ministries would have you believe. Someone by the name of Harry Bethel has written a web page warning Christians that now is the time to leave Christian churches. Why?
- There are no God-sent pastors.
- There are no scripturally organized local churches.
- As much as half of that which is taught by true Christians is heresy.
- Christians will go through the Great Tribulation.
- Power will be given to the Antichrist to overcome true Christians, many of which will take the Mark of the Beast.
- Christians remaining in churches will likely be overcome by the Antichrist.
The problem here is that a lot of what he has saying has a degree of truth or wisdom about it. For instance, here are some of the reasons that he does not believe that there are any God-sent pastors:
A God-sent pastor would accept and apply the truth of Romans 13:8 to not owe any money or finance anything including houses, automobiles, furniture, appliances, church buildings or have business loans or loans for anything else. He would not use or have credit cards.
A God-sent pastor would not watch television and would not allow the congregation to do so.
A God-sent pastor would not be involved in, or allow, dramatic presentations or movies for the congregation.
A God-sent pastor would have the discernment to see through most of the contemporary “Christian” music and anything that even resembles rock music. There is no such thing as “Christian rock” music. That is an abomination to God.
And on it goes. A lot of it are things that we’ve been discussing in our discussions here at MInTheGap– taken to the extreme.
First off, I’d like to point out to Mr. Bethel, if that is his name, that God chose many people that were not “perfect” or had perfect ideas to serve his kingdom. And we don’t have to go to the Old Testament, even. We could look at Apollos or some of the people that Paul mentions that, even though they attacked him personally he was pleased that the Gospel was being proclaimed by them.
It’s absurd to expect a perfect person to be the only person to be called into the pastorate, but Bethel does bring some interesting points up for discussion. Let’s look at them together in the coming days, shall we?