A few months ago I was forced by excruciating pain to go to a doctor, which is the only time I go to a doctor, when I’m forced to. I went looking for relief, but the doctor suggested I look for a grave plot, because of the serious health issues he diagnosed me with. According to him, my physical problems were not just caused by stress, but also exacerbated by stress. I suddenly found myself sympathizing with the famous Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, who once said that if others “had the tribulations which [he had] suffered” during his many years of hard work and spiritual oppression, then, they “would long since have died.”
The mantel of the prophet is a heavy burden to bear, as is proven by the words of Elijah when he threw his mantel over Elisha—“What have I done to you” (1 Kings 19:19-20 HCSB). To dare to proclaim God’s truth in this truth-hating world is to incite both the persecution of man and the spiritual oppression of the devil. Whereas being enabled by God to see through the soothing facade of things to the actual unsettling truth of things can be most disconcerting personally, proclaiming the truth of things to others under divine mandate is to arouse both their angst and anger by striping them of their false sense of security.
For years I’ve manned my God-given watchtower in this fallen world as God’s watchman, tooting no uncertain sounds on my trumpet, but loud and clear warning blasts to all who are willing to heed the approaching sounds of the biblically predicted perilous times of the last days (Ezekiel 3:16-17; 33:1-9; 1 Corinthians 14:7-9; 1 Timothy 3:1). For all of my troubles, I’ve lost friends, been misunderstood by my brothers and sisters in Christ, been falsely accused of manifold offenses, lived under a thick dark cloud of spiritual oppression, and been daily pricked and poked by thorns in my flesh, as well as by messengers of Satan buffeting me over them (2 Corinthians 12:17).
Don’t mistake the above enumeration of tribulations as another prophet under a juniper tree (1 Kings 19:1-4), which is not to suggest I’ve never sit in its shade and shamefully engaged in self-pity. I have, on more occasions than I care to admit. The truth, however, is that in spite of all I’ve suffered, I’m still divinely constrained to continue to boldly proclaim God’s uncompromised truth regardless of cost and consequence to myself. Like the weeping Prophet Jeremiah, who couldn’t quit because of the divinely ignited fire in his heart that burned in his bones, or the Apostle Paul, who said, “Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel,” I too am under the “woe” of divine commission and a sufferer of divine heartburn (Jeremiah 20:9; 1 Corinthians 9:16). I simply cannot help myself; I must proclaim the truths of God to end-time lies regardless of the inevitable consequences I’ll suffer.
Although God’s calling upon my life seems at times to be insufferable, it is nonetheless inescapable. It reminds me of the sage advice I once heard given to a young man contemplating his call to preach. His wise and elderly pastor offered him this most uncanny counsel, “If you can get out of it, get out of it.” This old soldier of the cross knew what I‘ve learned over more than forty years in the ministry. The true calling of God is inescapable! Anyone who can get out of it has not truly been called by God.
I’m writing all of this to clear up some confusion over my recent move to Tennessee. While it is true that I’ve retired from the pastorate, for my health’s sake, I’ve not retired from the ministry. Whereas we have relocated Time For Truth Ministry to my home state of Tennessee, I have not relinquished its helm, but continue to hold firmly to its tiller on the storm tossed seas of these dark days. It is my sincerest intention to continue speaking God’s truth to end-time lies for as long as Jesus tarries and I’m enabled to do so. Not only have I not quit, but I can’t, God won’t let me.
With our move to Tennessee we are planning for and praying about multiple changes to our ministry, changes that will make our ministry far more effectual in the days ahead. These changes will be implemented incrementally over time. Stay tuned and feel free to offer us your feedback. We are always interested in your take on what we’re doing and in how you believe we can improve our communication of God’s truth in today’s spiritually deceived world. In the mean time, we need your support more than ever. It is, after all, the prayers and financial support of folks like you that make Time For Truth Ministry possible. Remember, all future contributions need to be mailed to our new address.
TIME FOR TRUTH MINISTRY
P.O. BOX 811
TOWNSEND, TN 37882