Dear Pastor Whoever….
My name is Larry Jones. It is my intention to post short messages,addressed to you, on Facebook. I have much to say to those givingleadership to Christ’s people within Christ’s church.
I was born-again way back in 1972. I recently came across an earlierwriting, a small booklet I entitled “Jesus and You”. I was pleased tosee that even 35-40 years ago I emphasized the centrality of LordJesus. I was and am convinced that, generally speaking, evangelicalshave departed from their “first love”, having replaced Him with otherthings. Those other things are what John warned about in his firstletter: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” Idols are thingsor people that have usurped the preeminence of Christ.
Almost 50 years of observation have taught me the most grim culpritinjecting itself between christian and Christ is religion. Religion is– not just to many, but to most – an idol that has replaced the lordshipof Jesus with itself. To be an evangelical necessitates adapting themethods and mentality of evangelicalism contrary to New Testament teachings.
Jesus wants to turn wayward, religious hearts back to Himself. TheFather wants His kids back. The crippling consequences of religionmust be exposed. Lord Jesus: “The truth shall make you free.”
Pastor Whoever, you are the most religious person in yourcongregation. And the most influential. Hosea 4:9: “Like priest, like people.” Your impact is enormous. What I have to say to you overthe coming months on Facebook you will not hear from your superiorsor colleagues. Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Formany years I have listened to you; now it’s your turn to listen to me.Lord Jesus (NLT): “All of you are equal as brothers and sisters.”