The following challenge is typical of those I have received through the years from individuals who honor man more than God’s truth or who have been deceived by those who do: “Upon what Bible office and authority do you attack my brothers and sisters in Christ with your newsletter? You attack many, many believers across America, as if you were the ‘ruling’ internet pastor. Do you believe you are an apostle, like Paul? Are you some kind of a prophet or evangelist?”
BRO. CLOUD’S ANSWER: The Scripture passages that the Lord has used to impel me to exercise a warning ministry as a God-called, church-ordained preacher include the following: Psalm 119:128; Proverbs 6:23; Isaiah 58:1; Jeremiah 23; Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:27-31; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:11-15; Philippians 3:17; Colossians 1:28; 2:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; 1 Timothy 1:3; 4:6; 6:20; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9-11; 2:15; 1 Peter 4:11; 1 John 4:1; and Jude 3. God called me specifically and plainly to all aspects of my ministry, to the teaching and warning aspect, to the planting of churches, and to the exhortation of preachers. I was called to establish Way of Life while reading Proverbs 6:23 one day about 38 years ago. “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” I was compelled to issue not just biblical instruction but “reproofs of instruction,” and I was encouraged that this would be a way of life for those who heeded the reproof. Thus I named my literature ministry Way of Life, and it has indeed been that to large numbers of people in many parts of the world. I hear from them continually.
One day in 1983 God spoke to me from 1 Timothy 6:20 to start a magazine called O Timothy that would focus on exhorting preachers to stand in the old Bible paths and to avoid the end-times apostasy. By God’s grace it has been published monthly for 29 years, and I have heard from many hundreds of pastors and thousands of people who have been blessed. Our web site and blog are merely technological extensions of these ministries. To backhandedly dismiss me as “a blogger” is a libel. Men who influence people beyond the borders of their churches through their writings and conferences and blogs and music should be critiqued publicly for the sake of those who would be influenced in a wrong direction. If I err in doctrine or fact, please show me; otherwise, the reproof should be heeded, for God’s Word says “the reproofs of instruction are the way of life” and “he that refuseth reproof erreth” (Proverbs 6:23; 10:17).
(Friday Church News Notes, September 28, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)