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The Importance of a Preacher in our Lives

Professionals like lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, scientists study long in schools to prepare themselves for the work they would be engaged in after graduation. There are concepts and principles to internalize. There is much to know, understand, apply, synthesize, analyze, and evaluate. They hold in their hands the lives of others in so many ways that they must make sure to do what is right.

But if much is required of these professionals, much more is expected of a preacher who handles the Word of God. He should be precise to the dot and accurate to the core. A preacher‘s responsibility goes beyond caring for physical, social, and emotional lives. He is the medium for salvation of souls. Without the preacher, the Word of God cannot be preached whereby men can be saved. Rom. 10:14 says –

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

It is through the preaching of God’s word that faith comes (Rom 10: 17) and the faithful preacher is tasked to preach the word (Luke 10: 10-11). Not all preachers can save, however. Only the faithful one used by the Lord as vessel can save – himself and those that hear him. Proverbs 14:25 says that only a true witness can deliver souls because a deceitful one would only speak lies. The proof of this is found in 1 Tim 4:16 which says –

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Marks of a Faithful Preacher
Who can Lead us to Salvation

When Jesus Christ was being hunted by the Pharisees so that they could kill him, they would need a point man to indicate which was Jesus (the Judas kiss) because He looked very ordinary and had no distinctive looks to immediately be noticeable. He did not have the tall, dark, and handsome attributes of the dreamboat of ladies, nor the power-figure of authorities, nor the executive looks of educated parliamentarians. By outward appearance then, he did not look like someone capable of being medium for anything to include salvation of souls. From this, one can deduce that faithful preaching cannot be had by just outward appearance.

As when King Saul was sick, he did not specify any physical attribute of one who could help him, but his skill.1 Sam. 16:17 says –

And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.

If the faithful preacher is very much like the inconsequential image of Jesus Christ, he is also chosen not for education or worldly achievements, but for wisdom and some specific skill as in the case of Samuel. While the Jews were said to require a sign, the Greeks would seek after wisdom (1 Cor. 1:22). God depends on the faithfulness of the preacher and is pleased even of what wisdom he has, to save those who believe. 1 Cor. 1:21 says –

For after that in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

A faithful preacher is a medium for salvation by his teachings. As such, he doesn’t just tell stories. He is well acquainted with his resources, keeps a large perspective over his topic, has mastery over his material, and knows very well his objectives. He has a good grasp of the learning needs of his learners, and when he delivers his teachings, he does it properly. In teaching, he does not talk for himself or for his own glory but of the one who sent him. This is one mark in discerning whether a preacher is of God or not. John 7:17-18 says –

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Employing the Word of God rightfully then, there is no way the faithful preacher could be unrighteous. Studying is required of him to show himself approved unto God, with no need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). The faithful preacher exerts effort to study the word of God instead of picking up interpretations of so-called Bible scholars in their university hermeneutics courses, and mouthing them without any probing. Doing this implies that one is spiritually bankrupt, having nothing to lead him to understand.

The teachings of the faithful preacher are clean, having been entrusted with the gospel by God who tries him. As explained in 1 Thes. 2:3-4

For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
Preaching therefore should not be done by anyone for want of something to do, or for lack of any skill in other works. The opposite is true as preaching is handling a very delicate material – the Word of God – therefore only select individuals could be chosen. It follows that preaching is not a job that is open to application, but by appointment of the owner of those words to be preached. That explains why not everyone is given the understanding needed to expound on the teachings contained in the Holy Book.

That a preacher is undergoing sacrificial life in carrying out God’s work is manifestation enough that he is the appointed one in saving souls. He gets practice in persecutions. The more persecutions, the deeper he gets in understanding events. And the more challenges, the sharper he gets in understanding God’s Word. Given unlimited Spirit, none can surpass his understanding.

The irony of it all is that God has equipped the faithful preacher with full knowledge of the Bible with unmeasured Spirit, then warned him what not to do that he may finish his work, and yet allowed him to be fair game to wicked people and their evil designs. But God is faithful, this mysterious set-up may be the strength of God’s design in preserving His nation through His Faithful preacher – one whom none can beat in unlocking the mysteries of the Bible.

In true preaching, there are no promises of perks and the good life that it should be openly coveted. There is only the heavy obligation to carry out not just a simple commission for a short time and for a few people. The task is gargantuan that the faithful preacher is the one appointed by God. 2 Cor. 10:18 shows the position as closed career –

For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Another mark of the faithful preacher is that he does not preach by his own. Consider this from a prophet –

If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak? (Num. 24:13)

The words of the faithful preacher are from God and as such, he is given unlimited Spirit. His ability therefore is more than normal, or in other words supernatural. Notice in John 3:34

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

If the words spoken by the preacher are from man, then it is wrong – no longer the word of God. A faithful preacher therefore is warned not to listen to fables, to men’s concoctions, and to lies.

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (Titus 1:14)

Marks of an Unfaithful Preacher
Who can Lead One to Damnation

The Bible does not leave the world hanging without giving indications about false preachers. First, they make merchandise of God’s words. For a living, they make business out of religion, and in the process corrupt the Word of God. But that is not how the apostles did it. 2 Cor. 2:17 says –

For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

The Word of God is not supposed to be sold. In Proverbs 23:23, one is exhorted to buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. It is forbidden to make God’s word merchandise as it is freely given. This is found in Matt. 10: 7-8 which also states a commission –

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

However, false preachers would not hesitate to do anything with the Word of God in anyway they like for gain. They are thus referred to as greedy dogs who desire to be teachers but are not knowledgeable. They pretend to be of God but the primordial desire is to get rich. And, as expected, the members they gather are as materialistic as they are. Isaiah 56:11 describes them as follows –

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

The love of money has often been the likely trademark of the unfaithful preacher, and with it the lack of knowledge, and of course the attendant pretenses. Ecclesiastes 5:10 describes him as loving silver and not being satisfied with it; loving abundance and not being satisfied with increase. There is also the desire to be teacher but is not knowledgeable as mentioned in 1 Tim. 1:7, and the pretense to be of God. Rom. 16:18 states –

For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

For being such, the bible is emphatic about calling them deceitful workers of satan as described in 2 Cor. 11:13-14 whose real goal is to get wealthy. Jeremiah 5:26-27 states –

For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

It is said, the materialistic attract their kind. If the preacher is materialistic, their members would be materialistic like them. It is like attracting like. A poor preacher is not that attractive to members of the congregation who think only in terms of physical comfort, unless he has something greater to offer. But a poor preacher would have lesser distractions to contend with if he does not enrich himself especially through deceit. Truly, as warned in the bible, a faithful preacher must not aim to get rich for the love of money brings in many sorrows as described in 1 Tim. 6: 9-10

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

False preachers gather unto themselves people like them who also follow their ways of covetousness. The following two verses speak of their nature where they put into bondage people of their kind, who believe their deceitful preaching, by which they are also made slaves.

2 Pet. 2:1-3

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

2 Pet 2:19

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

God’s Number One Warning
to the Faithful Preacher

The preacher’s work of saving souls is crucial, therefore God as direct supervisor would want his preacher preserved from anything that would derail his duties. He is banking on faithfulness – of the preacher – to lead God’s nation to the finish line. To realize that, naturally He would provide all the guidelines needed as in warning his preacher what NOT to do. He, as God, would see to it that His work is done, and as such, has prescriptions for his preacher’s demeanor. This would draw the line between the faithful and the unfaithful one. The first would act accordingly; the latter would go through the motions to get to his personal gain.
For any profession, there are prescribed professional ethics. Much more so with the crucial commission of saving souls, professional ethics is inherent; it is expected; it goes with the task; it cannot be separate from the task.
If a preacher is truly of God, he would practice the ethics of his profession properly. Aside from what to preach, he would know what his Master would want him to do. With congregation money, for example, does God want him to establish a little empire complete with an arsenal? Or a prayer mountain perhaps? What about a mansion for himself? Or should he use all forms of resources to get to the whole world and proclaim God’s Word?

The faithful preacher is warned not to get rich especially through deceit. That warning is contained in Matt 6:19-20

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

The warning is given so that in saving souls, the preacher himself will not fall into temptation and in the process perish. This is defined in 1 Tim. 6:9-10

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The Life of God’s Preacher

As opposed to the easy life of false preachers, the life of God’s preacher is not something to be coveted. It is full of many trials, physical as well as mental, social as well as psychological, extending apparently as long as God’s work is being done. The cause of the many trials comes from within and without the organization including the lack of food, clothing, and shelter. Despite honest, sacrificial work, he is yet tongue-lashed; despite good will and blessing to others he is abused. The sufferings include defamations of all kinds of imagined imputations. This is described in 1 Cor. 4: 11-13

Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

Preacher ‘Extraordinaire’

Contrary to the many allegations of his enemies, Bro. Eli does not enrich himself as a preacher. He uses even his earnings in carrying out God’s Work. He is more than willing to spend and be spent as exemplified with the way he cares for the brethren.

Bro. Eli is ever his simple self. He has not finished even high school but surprisingly is very intelligent. Comparable to some professionals, he can be competent in the social sciences, but biblical matters are his forte, and on that score, one has yet to surpass his mettle.

By his teachings, Bro. Eli has taken care to be faithful in handling the Word of God. As preacher, he sees to it that everything he says has basis in the Bible. He believes that if the words come from man, then it is wrong and no longer God’s Word. In watching out therefore, he tries to be at par with language and its nuances, and like a language expert is very analytical.

Aside from complete mastery of his topics, he is observed to be very keen when it comes to Bible verses. Use of the international language is not exactly his specialization but foremost, he cannot be found putting language in the background. He understands that he has to deal with words, words, words all the time in the Work of God.

As Bro. Eli preaches, he makes distinctions between quantity of the word, its quality, its direction, time, construction of meaning, and extent of meaning. He goes as far as explaining the source and the intended receiver to place the message in proper context. In sum, preaching to him is science – an exact science. He makes sure he is feeding the proper food to his congregation.

As distinct from ordinary readers, he pays much attention whether a word is plural or singular, whether with the definite article, “the” before a noun or without as the common noun, whether the tense is simple or progressive or whether the statement is positive or not. There is a world of difference with just a single mark or without, he notes. Like an intellectual using parallel thinking, he doesn’t assume there is only one beginning. He makes note also of intricate points of beginnings, to the great magnitudes of time including prophecies. Moreover, he doesn’t assume the Bible is for every reader who picks it up, and assigns as powerless to the wicked the words within. It is sealed from the wicked as the Bible says.

Bro. Eli makes distinctions between who are being addressed in the verses and when the verses are applicable. Sharp as razor when he analyzes, he draws the line between meanings and between applications. There are distinctions too between the literal and spiritual, yet dual meanings can be used at the same time. “Ends,” does not only mean a time period but also physical boundaries. With directions having their assigned meanings, one does not simply pigeon hole it to arbitrarily fit one’s church history. Truly, none can compare with the understanding that Bro. Eli has that symbolisms in the Bible are effectively expounded to his congregation and to his hearers in bible expositions.

On the being of Christ, Bro. Eli found that this is the common pitfall of false preachers. Some are not yet fixed on His deity. The list of errors of false preachers is long that Bro. Eli is trying to correct every time he gets the chance. He is very much in the know about false doctrines of each false church and their arguments.

Bro. Eli comes on strongest when he gets a chance to challenge the false beliefs of false preachers. In here he could be very funny as well as satirical. His listeners would not have the patience to listen to him in sweltering heat if all he did was tell stories and “curse” as his enemies would say. In the long hours we would be preaching, he comes in ready with wide, wide screens to vivify what he was saying. He offers proofs, complete with authentic data, and often direct from the horses’ mouths. If it takes one to sing like in the pasyon, he would sing out like it is. He is laying out the data for his listeners to see and evaluate for themselves if these are senseless and with truth in them. Then he would juxtapose these with what God wanted, willed, and inspired. Bro. Eli offers logic in what he says, and he weaves his arguments to come up understandable, using the Bible for every contention he makes. Truly, nobody does it half as well as Bro. Eli does.

The “cursing” that people charge him with is actually vehemence for deception that false teachers do – possibly drawing crowds and crowds to their damnation with them. It is a serious thing that Bro. Eli doesn’t take lightly, considering his task of saving souls. It is not cursing actually which connotes irresponsible assignment of affliction on the other, but reproving, rebuking, and reproaching perchance the false preachers see their folly and repent.

In truth, no one has the guts to talk them in the face but Bro. Eli. No one has the fire and fury to expose them to the world but Bro. Eli. And no one has the daring to challenge them to debates if their teachings are indeed truth or lies, of God or not, but Bro. Eli.

While he has not formally studied so-called hermeneutics that are the fare of secular schools, his level of understanding shows an awesome depth that each topic – unheard of before from all corners of this world – is as valuable as his next topic would be. Indeed, Bro. Eli preaches faithfully. Foremost, he unlocks mysteries from the Word of God like nobody. The faithful one whom God has assigned would do his task God’s way – like Bro. Eli. Nobody really does it better.

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These are the steps to tune in to the podcast:

1. log on to www.talkshoe.com

2. create your own account

3. after installing the talkshoe software, click “LIVE NOW” tab

4. look for Brother Eli’s podcast entitled “The Brother Eli Soriano Truth Pod

5. click on “listen, chat, and talk”

*please be advised that it is a must that everyone who will be calling in the podshow should be wearing a headset to avoid feedbacks and echoes.

Happy listening!

~ by truth Lover on October 22, 2007.

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