Following God's Pattern For Missions
Sowing Seeds of Destruction

by Dr. Louis A. Turk

It should be clear to all Bible believers that we are living at the very end of the last days. Israelites are now back in the Holy Land. The UN is rapidly being formed into a one-world government. And the ecumenical movement is bringing in a one-world religion. The Apostle Paul said, "The time is short" (1 Cor. 7:29). If the time was short in his day, then certainly the time is almost out today.

When time is extremely limited, it is important that tasks be done right the first time. There is no time to correct mistakes. This is especially true in the area of missionary activity---in which men's eternal futures are at stake.

It stands to reason that God's missionary method (as recorded in the Bible) is the best and most effective method to win the most souls to Christ. Let us not be presumptuous in trying to come up with a "different" or "better" way. There is no better way than God's way. If we use a new, man-made way, we will win less people to Christ---though we may see more professions of faith (many of which will be false professions). Fleshly, man-made methods will result in confusion and division among God's people. Souls which could have be won to Christ will end up instead in Hell.

Have you ever had someone work for you that would not do things the way you instructed? Have you ever hired a painter that would not use the color of paint you specified, or who would not remove loose paint and sand before painting? Have you ever ordered a chicken sandwich to be given instead a hamburger? Have you ever instructed an electrician to install the wiring according to the local code, only to have him instead install it according to his own will---thus resulting in the building inspector ordering all his work stripped out and redone according to the code? Such mistakes are very costly. In the case of missions, such self-will can cost people their souls for eternity.

Freedom Contrasted With Licentiousness

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines licentious as (1) lacking legal or moral restraints; especially: disregarding sexual restraints; (2) marked by disregard for strict rules of correctness. So, while freedom is "exemption from the power and control of another," licentiousness is the abuse of freedom. A free man must not lack restraint, or else he will soon be enslaved. God grants us freedom so that of our own volition we might do what He commands---not so that we may be arrogant and self-willed.

There are some things for which no pattern is given in the Bible, and in those things the individual churches have freedom to use their own wisdom. For example, the Bible does not specify the color of carpet to use in a church's auditorium. Each local church can make its own decisions concerning the color of carpet, or even if carpet is to be used. Likewise, the starting times of services can be set according to local needs, since the starting times are not specified in the Bible. So also with a multitude of other details.

However, for things which ARE specified in the Bible, we are NOT free to depart from the Biblical pattern. For example, "...Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount" (Heb. 8:4). Again I repeat that it is not sufficient to do what God says, but we must also do it the way God says. To do otherwise is licentiousness.

A specific example showing the folly of departing from God's pattern:

Ex. 25:9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. 10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.

I Ch. 15:15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

Note in the above passages of Scripture that the ark was to be transported by men carrying it by staves. King David was a great man, but he sometimes wanted to do things his own way, and the results were not pleasing to God.

2 Samuel 6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. 6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

Had God not specified how the ark was to be transported, David would have been free to transport it however he wanted. But God did specify how the ark was to be transported, so David was obligated to use God's method. Now David was obviously attempting to do something good to do, but he decided that a "new" ox drawn cart would be better than God's method. After all, what difference could it make? But he soon found out the folly of his thinking!

Likewise, it is not acceptable to do missionary work according to one's own plans, but rather all such work must be done according to the pattern set down in God's word. The men who designed the various organized fellowships, conventions, associations and mission boards may be (or may have been) great men in many ways, but they were presumptuous to think that they were smarter than God, and able to design a better missionary authorizing and/or sending agency than Christ's church. And their organizations are not pleasing to God.

Independent of Man, But Not Independent of God

God wants us to be independent of man-made organizations, but dependent upon God. Organized fellowships, conventions, associations and mission boards of all stripes are examples of dependence upon man, and independence of God. They are men doing things man's way instead of God's way. They represent having faith in man, but doubting God.

Some of the organized fellowships, conventions, associations, mission boards groups, etc., claim to be independent because they are not part of the Southern Baptist Convention. Yet they fail to see that their own organization is just a convention with a different name. They are still depending upon the wisdom of mortal men and the strength of the flesh to do missionary work. And that is sin.

Amazingly, even churches in the Southern Baptist Convention claim to be independent! Obviously, they have never looked the word "independent" up in a dictionary to see what it means.

independent With a Small "i"

To be in true submission to God's word, we need to be independent with a small "i". We should be independent Baptists, not Independent Baptists. That is, independent should be an adjective, not a name. Many missions board groups claim to be independent, but their characteristics show that the adjective "independent" does not describe them---a convention is what they really are---a skunk by any other name smells the same. They are independent in name only, not in reality.

God's Way Versus Man's Way

God promised Sarah a baby, and Sarah wanted that baby. Is that not a good and noble desire? Of course it is. But Sarah could not see how it possibly could happen God's way. After all, she had already waited a long time and now she was too old to have a baby. So she came up with her own method of achieving that noble desire---a new method that differed from God's method. Surely she knew in her heart that her method involved sin, but she was willing to sin a little that good might come. Her problem was the same problem the organized fellowships, conventions, associations and mission board groups have---they lack faith and patience. As a result of her unbelief, she caused to be brought into existence a people who despise and endeavor to murder the descendents of the child God promised her---and which God eventually did give to her in His own time and using His own method. God really is smarter than us, and we would all be wise to admit that.

The Lord's Church Versus a Missions Board As Sending Agency

In Acts 13:1-4 God gives us a pattern for missionary activity:

Acts 13:1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Note in the above verses that these missionaries were sent by and through their home church without the help or interference of any convention, association, organized fellowship, mission board, or clearing house. The Holy Ghost was the missions director.

Many missionaries claim to be "sent by" such and such church "through" such and such missions board. Actually, they are under the authority of the missions board, and the missions board totally controls their funds. They must submit to the will of the missions board, or risk losing all their funds. If they run afoul of their missions board, they are finished, regardless of their good relationship with their home church.

Was the Apostle Paul sent out by the SBC? the GARBC? the BBFI? the BIMI? or by any other convention, association, mission board or clearing house? No? Then we should not want to be sent out by one of them either.

Christ the Designer and Head Versus Man the Designer and Head

The greatest problem with organized fellowships, conventions, associations and mission boards is that they are designed and founded by mortal men---sinners who are so proud and conceited as to think that they are smart enough to come up with a better missionary plan than did God. Wise people realize that no one is wiser than God. No one can come up with a better plan or method than God's plan. God's plan or method is the very best and cannot be improved. "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein" (Jer. 6:16). The sad thing is that the vast majority of the fellowship, convention, association and mission board folk are not going to return to the old paths as laid down in God's word. They know what the Bible says, but they say in their hearts, "We will not walk therein." After all, their new methods produce results RIGHT NOW, and they want to be successful so as to be praised by men. They are not willing to patiently wait on God so that not them but God is praised for the outcome.

It is bad enough that the organized fellowships, conventions, associations and mission boards are of inferior designs created by inferior designers, but in addition to that they are also "headed" by inferior men---sinful men---who do not have the wisdom, skill or abilities possessed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore cannot possibly do as good a job as head.

True Baptists reject the idea of a pope as the vicar of Christ. We believe what the Bible says: "...Christ is the head of the church...the church is subject unto Christ" (Eph. 5:23-24). And Col. 1:18, "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." When these verses were written Christ had already ascended back to Heaven. Yet it is written that Christ "is" (not "was") the head of the church. Christ needs no vicar for He is the eternal, omni-present God. A pope by any other name (president, director, etc.) stinks the same, and robs Christ of being preeminent.

It displeases God, and enslaves churches, when sinful men are exalted to replace Jesus as leader of missionary activity. God may allow it, but in the same spirit that Moses allowed divorce---because of the hardness of His people's hearts. We should learn a lesson from Israel's mistake:

1 Samuel 8:1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment. 4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. 10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. 11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day. 19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us; 20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles. 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the LORD. 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

Note in verse 7 above, that "the LORD said," that in desiring a king the Israelites had rejected "the LORD" as king! Likewise, in desiring a sinful human to be their president or missions director many Baptist churches have rejected Jesus as their president and missions director. The problem is that they are lazy and do not want to fight the battles God wants them to fight. They are too lazy to do the office work (accounting, printing and mailing of mission reports, etc.) necessary to send out a missionary. They want someone else to fight those battles for them.

Another problem is that they are ashamed of Christ and of His church. They look upon their own local church as puny, weak, and few in number, and therefore unable to obey the Great Commission. And without God their local church is indeed puny and weak. But with God that puny weak church can do everything God commands, and God will get the glory.

Spiritual Virginity Versus Spiritual Fornication

Surrendering church sovereignty, authority, or duty to a sinful, man-designed-and-headed organization is spiritual adultery. Rev. 17:1-2 speaks of a great Harlot Church "With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." This is spiritual fornication in which this false church made a sinful man---leading a man-made government---her spiritual head instead of Christ. Conventions, associations, organized fellowships, mission boards, etc., are also man-made governments. So, beware lest your church also fall into spiritual fornication!

The Holy Spirit Versus a Mortal Man As Missions Director

What arrogance is in a man when he thinks he can replace the Holy Spirit of God?! What foolishness is in a missionary when he will allow a sinful man to attempt to give him the leadership which only the Holy Spirit is capable of giving! What man knows the future as does the Holy Spirit? What man is as wise as the Holy Spirit?

In Acts 13:2, "the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them." In Acts 13:4, we read the these missionaries were then sent forth "by the Holy Ghost." The Holy Ghost was the missions director. There was no sinful man directing missionaries. It truly takes a lot of gall and conceit for a sinful man to think that he can direct missionaries better than can the Holy Spirit of the Omniscient God!

In Acts 16:6 we again see the Holy Spirit directing these missionaries:

Acts 16:6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, 7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. 8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. 10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.

In the book of Acts it is always the Holy Ghost that directs the missionaries. That is the Bible pattern. Nowhere do we see a sinful man directing missionaries---that is an unscriptural idea. The idea of imperfect men as missions directors violates the Scriptural pattern and is sinful.

God-Pleasers Versus Men-Pleasers as Missionaries

Many pastors would not think of submitting themselves to a pastor director, yet they require missionaries to submit to a sinful man as missions director. Is this not hypocrisy? Yes, it is! The pastor claims that he must preach so as to please only God, but he requires missionaries to be men pleasers. What kind of missionaries will such missionaries be? Answer: Compromisers. Men who will do, say, or believe whatever is necessary to get support. Men who will be enslaved by such a situation. Men who will stand to lose all their support if they take a real stand for the truths of God's word.

Glory to God Versus Glory to Man as the End Result

Most people today look down on the local church as being too few in number, too weak in power, and too short on finances to fulfill the Great Commission. They think that they must help God to come up with a better way of accomplishing the evangelization of the world. But the Bible very clearly lets us know that such worldly-minded people are wrong. It is precisely because the church is few, and weak, and short that God receives glory in the church. Jesus said, "...for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). That small, weak, poor church so despised by the worldly-wise can do everything God has commanded them to do, provided they have faith in Christ and not in human flesh. And God will thereby be glorified.

Eph. 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Mat. 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Conventions, associations, organized fellowships, mission boards, clearing houses, etc., bring glory to themselves and to the men that created them or head them. Consider that without money from local churches such organizations would not be able to even exist. They are nothing but parasites. Yet they claim to be superior to the local churches. They do nothing local churches cannot do better. Such unscriptural organizations are an arm of flesh that shall fail you. They represent faith in numbers, in princes, or in anything except in God.

Ps. 118:9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

Ps. 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

2 Ch. 32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him: 8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Ph. 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

1 Sam. 14:6 ...there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.

1 Sam. 17:47 ...the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S.

Is. 43:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another.

Faith Versus Doubt as the Basis of Choosing Methods

Doubting God is why missionaries choose to be sent by mission boards and other unscriptural organizations. Doubt that they can get into a certain field without reliance on man. Doubt that they can raise the necessary support without reliance on man. Doubt that they will be safe without some organization besides the Lord's church to look after them. Doubt, doubt, doubt.

All such organizations represent is doubt, "but without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Heb. 11:6). Beware of all organizations that exist because of doubt, "...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" (Rom. 14;23).

The way the Protestants do things works even without the Holy Spirit. Why then would any Baptist want to do things those ways? The fact is that mission boards are a Protestant idea, not a Baptist idea, and definately not a Bible idea.

Doing the Impossible Versus Doing the Possible

You say that it is impossible for your small church to send out a missionary. You are correct. That is why God wants it done that way. "And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27).

God's Direction Versus Self Direction

Men who doubt God say, "You can't get into 'blank' country if you don't go through a missions board." That is simply not true. If God wants them in that country, then God will open the door for them as they do things God's way. There is no surer way to accomplish God's will then do do it God's way. If you cannot get into a country using the Bible missions pattern, then God does not want you in that country, and you should submit to God's will in the matter, and not try to use a fleshly method to bypass God's will for your life.

Rev. 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Unity Versus Division

Organized fellowships, conventions, associations, the various mission board groups, and other man-made, extra-church organizations claim to be uniting the churches to do the work of God. But in reality they are dividing the churches, and leading them into apostasy. The moment such an organization is created it creates division, for all true Bible believers will have no choice but to have nothing to do with it. Amos 3:3 asks, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" The implied answer, of course, is, No. Why would any true Bible-believer chose a sinful man's plan over the sinless Christ's plan? The only way to achieve true unity is to disband all such man-made organizations and return to God's plan.

Sound Doctrine Versus Heresy

In 1 Tim. 3:15, Paul speaks of the "the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." The Lord Jesus Christ set up each local church as an independent, unaffiliated body so as to preserve truth upon this earth. If all your eggs are put in one basket, one drop will break them all. If all your apples are in one basket, one rotten apple will corrupt them all. If all your local churches are in a convention, or association, or organized fellow, then the leadership of one corrupt president can corrupt them all---as is easily seen in the SBC, the GARBC, the BBFI, and all other such unscriptural organizations. Many of theses organizations have rejected the KJV and are using corrupt and perverted translations in its place. They are no longer separated in either doctrine or morality.

Put all your missionaries in one basket, and they will all be forced to compromise. As leadership in their unscriptural organization changes, they will have to also change, or else risk losing their support. That is just a fact of life that all veteran missionaries know. Politics is bad enough among unaffiliated Baptists, but among the board groups it is devastating. I could name names in giving real life examples, but I don't think it is necessary.

Supporting Hagar and Ishmael

No matter how painful it may be, the bondwoman and her son must be cast out. It is wrong to support her, for she stands for confidence in the flesh. Organized fellowships, conventions, associations, the various mission board groups, and other man made extra-church organizations---the modern-day Hagars---are by their very nature antagonistic toward missionaries sent out by the Lord's churches. Man-directed missions organizations by nature do not like Holy Spirit directed churches that insist on themselves doing what God called them to do, instead of surrendering their authority and privileges and commission to a sinful-man-headed organization. It is wrong to support Hagar for she hates Sarah. There is no way that Sarah and Hagar can ever get along, for Sarah stands for faith and Hagar stand for unbelief.

Not only must Hagar be cast out, but her son also. This is very grievous to even write, but it is wrong to support missionaries sent out through an organized fellowship, convention, association, mission board, or other man-made, extra-church organization. Such missionaries should be dropped. There are not enough funds to support both Sarah's son and Hagar's son. The son of promise will be harmed if the son of unbelief is supported. To support Hagar's son is to glorify methods of the flesh---of unbelief.

"How cruel," you may think. But unaffiliated, truly independent, church-sent, missionaries of faith are dropped all the time by convention and association minded pastors who somehow creep into churches started by true independents. What is truly cruel is to give your own family's food to the children of a strange woman. You can't support everybody. It is your duty to God to be selective.

It was, no doubt, exceedingly difficult for Abraham to cast out Ishmael---the product of his own fleshly desires and actions. He was, after all, responsible for Ishmael's very existence. But it had to be done. Ishmael was only mocking at the time (just as board missionaries will no doubt mock this article), but God knew---and Abraham probably suspected in his heart---the death and destruction that Ishmaelites would later rain down upon the seed of Isaac. Likewise, the board system of missions has caused horrendous damage to missions around the world by creating unScriptural hiarchies, and thereby dividing Baptists doctrinally. Also, by putting mission churches into unScriptural organizaitons on the field, mission boards make it easier for Satan to corrupt these churches in mass---the seeds for apostasy are sown from the beginning and only time is needed for these seeds to sprout and destroy the missionaries' work. A true pastor of faith cannot with a clear conscience financially support the board system of unbelief.

No missionary has to go through a board. A board missionary can repent and become a church missionary. He should be given reasonalble opportunity to repent, but if he refuses to do so he should be dropped.

AT THE VERY MINIMUM, a pastor and church should determine that no more board missionaries will be allowed to speak in view of support, and that when any board missionaries already being supported quit or retire, they are replaced by church missionaries who are totally unaffiliated with any mission board.

What One Pastor Did

When one pastor I know was called pastor a small Baptist Church, the church was supporting only five missionaries---all of them board missionaries. This pastor began to teach the church the Biblical pattern of missions, and showed them that mission boards were a relatively new Protestant idea, and that it conflicted with the Bible pattern given in Acts 13. Then he sent letters to all the board missionaries, telling them: (1) that Bible-Way Missioanary Baptist Church was convinced that mission boards were unScriptural; (2) that the church had decided to support them until they returned from the field; (3) that once they returned to the field the church would no longer support them unless they severed their connection with any mission board; and (4) requesting that they stop by his office once they got back to the States to further discuss the matter.

As a result of this letter, two of the five missionaries stopped by to say that they also had become convicted that mission boards were wrong, and had severed ties with their mission board. Support continued for those missionaries. The other three missionaries also stopped by, but refused to separate from mission boards, and support to them was therefore dropped. That freed funds to support sound missionaries who would never get a dime from the home churches of the missionaries that were dropped.

Know Your Missionaries

Most pastors would be amazed to know what the missionaries they support believe. They did not ask prospective missionaries any questions, and as a result began supporting seemingly nice men, who are not sound in doctrine.

I strongly recommend the use of doctrinal and moral questionnaires. Have every prospective missionary fill out and return the questionnaire before allowing him to present his ministry to your church.

Make your questionnaire short and easy to fill out. Don't ask trick questions. Ask clear, simple, direct questions. Cover all the major doctrines. Also, make sure the man is Scripturally qualified for the office.

Also, ask his sponsoring church for a copy of her doctrinal statement. Remember, he will be starting babies out of this mother church. Like mother like daughter. Is this the kind of church you want to help reproduce?

No preacher, be he a pastor or missionary, should be ashamed of what he believes. A missionary who hides what he believes in order to get support will end up unable to preach anything for fear of losing support. He may seem like a nice guy, but you would be much better off with a more honest missionary---a true man of God.

A Closing Note To Missionaries

The purpose of this article is to encourage you to not sow the seeds for the destruction of your life's ministry by doing your ministry through a man-designed and man-headed organization. Stay with God's church. Do not swallow the lie of those who seek to enslave you. You do NOT have to go through a board to get into the country to which God has called you. Start out right by seeking the support of pastors and churches which show faith in God by insisting that every ministry be done through the local church. Look at the history of the various board groups, and you will see that inevitably they lead to apostasy. Whatever mission board you might choose, it will in the end take the churches you establish with it into apostasy. The older board groups have already been taken over by anti-KJV leaders, and have taken thousands of once great and sound churches with them. Their fellowship is around an unscriptural organization, instead of around Christ.

Louis A. Turk, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.


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