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 giving leadership to Christ’s people within Christ’s church.
I was born-again way back in 1972. I recently came across an earlier writing, a small booklet I entitled “Jesus and You”. I was pleased to see that even 35-40 years ago I emphasized the centrality of Lord Jesus. I was and am convinced that, generally speaking, evangelicals have departed from their “first love”, having replaced Him with other things. Those other things are what John warned about in his first letter: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” Idols are things or people that have usurped the preeminence of Christ.
Almost 50 years of observation have taught me the most grim culprit injecting itself between christian and Christ is religion. Religion is– not just to many, but to most – an idol that has replaced the lordship of Jesus with itself. To be an evangelical necessitates adapting the methods and mentality of evangelicalism contrary to New Testament teachings.
Jesus wants to turn wayward, religious hearts back to Himself. The Father wants His kids back. The crippling consequences of religion must be exposed. Lord Jesus: “The truth shall make you free.”
Pastor Whoever, you are the most religious person in your congregation. And the most influential. Hosea 4:9: “Like priest, like people.” Your impact is enormous. What I have to say to you over the coming months on Facebook you will not hear from your superiors or colleagues. Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” For many 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.”