I haven't preached for as long most preachers in the world today. Many people I've talked to believe that somehow being a "Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal" or even "Yahwist" for a long amount of time means that they have the truth. I recently received a phone call from an individual who said that a local minister in his area was asking how many years I had been ministering. The minister told him my website said that I'd been ministering for about four years and to him this meant that a particular doctrine I held could not be correct. This minister was supposedly a Yahwist minister (he believed in using the name of Yahweh exclusively) and I was quite surprised that he would use the same reasoning that I've had many other denominational preachers use. I've talked with people and preachers, and made an honest attempt to witness to others about Yahweh's name, but oftentimes I hear a statement somewhat like this, "Son, I've been a ________ for 30 years." The blank can be filled in with many denominations in nominal Christendom today. When a person says these words all I can do is say a prayer for them hoping that they will realize the Scriptures to be paramount rather than their years of service in a denomination.
Other times I speak with people whom "God has told" something to. I just very recently talked with a nice gentleman on the phone who was trying to tell me that God had showed him that the Trinity was a true doctrine. This man, though very cordial, was completely deceived into thinking that Yahweh had showed him the truth through some miraculous means and it really didn't matter what anyone else had to say on the issue. I made an attempt to discuss the word elohim with the fellow, and at the same time was going to explain to Him what I believed about the Creator's being and person. He told me that he was not interested in a discussion nor was he interested in receiving any literature, books, etc. from me; he just wanted to share his experience with me. I told him my wife had dinner ready and we should probably end the discussion. It ended on a friendly manner, as I always try my best to do, but I was in the spirit of wanting to pray for this lost sheep; hoping that Yahweh could open his heart to see the light of sacred scripture - its utmost importance.
All this being said, I will continue to do my best to talk to people like this again. Why, you may ask? Because I do not know whom the elect of Yahweh are. It is my duty to preach the gospel to others and let Yahweh sort the sheep from the goats. I want to make the effort to reach the convinced preacher, the person who "talks" with God, the businessman, the drug dealer, the white supremist, the black supremist, etc. Some people may not agree with my position on this, but I refuse to not take advantage of the opportunity to share the gospel with a person that Yahweh Himself created. I want to let the preacher know that it doesn't matter what he and I believe (whether for one year or thirty) but it does matter what the Bible says. I want to let the "revelator" know that Yahweh would never tell him or show him something that is not found in the written revelation of Scripture. I want to let even the roughest sinner know that God hates him (Psalm 5:5; 6:8) and that the wrath of God will be poured out upon him if he does not repent (Isaiah 13:9). He will suffer the punishment for sin, that is, unless he confesses his sin, and repents of his sin. Yahweh will forgive him and give him hope and life. That's what I want to do.
Sometimes we are at ease and have a certain class of people we like to witness to. There are certain people we are not interested in reaching. Shame on us if we take this position. Yeshua taught at times that the tax collectors and the harlots would enter the kingdom before those that appeared righteous (Matthew 21:31-32). We need to be willing to reach people involved in even the most heinous and obvious crimes against Yahweh's law. We need to be ready to witness and not back down from sharing the gospel with a drug dealer, gang member, homosexual, or leader of a cult. We need to show them the love of Yahweh and at the same time preach to them the truth of Yahweh's word without compromise. This is the Biblical way. Let us follow it.
Blog by Matthew Janzen. Lover of Yahweh, Yeshua, my wife and 5 children. All else is commentary.