Note: This audio file contains two sermons. The sermon, “Unfaithful Shepherds” begins at the 00:00 mark and ends exactly at the 37:17 mark.
A few years ago, the then president of The National Council of Churches warned about what he called the danger that the great religious awakening, which is taking place in our country, might become fanatical and be carried into our political and business life! Perhaps this is a fair example of the leadership of most of our churches. This is no leadership at all, because the leaders have no faith in the religion to which they give empty lip service.
For lack of faith in the Bible, they don’t make it a force in our national life. For lack of faith, they pay no attention to what II Peter 1:19 calls, “A more sure word of prophecy; where unto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place.” To these blind leaders of the blind, all is darkness. They can’t lead because they don’t know where to go. They turn their backs on Yahweh, and tell us to become more liberal. They want us to learn to get along with Russia and to abandon our opposition to Red China!
Never were the words of prophecy, and the laws of Yahweh more needed than today, with all civilization crumbling in the end of the age. Nearly half of the population of the earth has been under communist Jewish occupation. More Christians have been persecuted and murdered under communism, than ever before in history. These Christians were treated to unimaginable torture. Even the Roman empire at its greatest never treated Christians, murdering and torturing them, the way these communist Jews have done. This evil race, which originated communism, is also plotting the same hideous fate for Christians in all the free countries. At such a time, what is the proper function of the Christian church and of all Christian ministers? Is it to waste all their power in the fatuous effort to save some gin soaked, skid row bum, isn’t their function to try to save Christian civilization? Yahweh has clearly marked out their proper function as that of watchmen, they are to give warning of the approaching disaster.
God very clearly explained this to the prophet Ezekiel, this explanation is recorded in Ezekiel 33:2-6. “When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts and set him for a watchman: if, when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blows the trumpet and warns the people; then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet and taketh not warning, if the sword come and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. … But if the watchman sees the sword come, and blows not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away for his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
As far back as history goes, periods of apostasy of the churches have always led to judgments. Judgments that were caused by that very apostasy, God is not to be mocked. The only source of our real strength, to resist invasion from without or corruption and revolution from within, is our character. This is entirely dependent upon our knowledge of God and His laws. Without this knowledge, it doesn’t matter what terrible new weapons we may have invented. We will be like the nations of southeast Asia, completely lacking in the strength of character to defend ourselves. In our own case, what nations will come to defend us then? No really great civilization of history really was overthrown by forces from outside. When these great nations fell, they had already become so rotten within that it was an easy pushover for the invading armies. This is the way Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Greece and Rome fell, are we to be next on this list?
Today I condemn our major churches for two unpardonable sins. First, failure to speak the truth which is in the Bible. Second, speaking falsely in the name of doctrine. God has convicted them on both charges, as we can read in the Bible. Many of you know, by terrible experience, the price paid by those who dare to speak the truth on what are called controversial matters. There is the loss of former friends, who now avoid you, calling you a fanatic or even a crackpot. There are slanderous rumors, spread at first by those who do know better. Then these rumors are repeated by those who have been deceived and who will not investigate to see for themselves, whether the smear they spread is true or not.
Patriots have been expelled by their churches, because those churches are too corrupted to speak the truth, or even allow truth to be spoken to their members. Finally the loss of a business, or loss of your job, as a result of the anti Christian pressure brought upon those who deal with you. The corrupted clergy lack the courage to face these matters. Far too many of the clergy entered the ministry as a refuge from a competitive world they feared to face. There is no human activity which has such great need of a real man’s man. Yet today, only a pitifully few dare to tell the truth, come what may.
Twenty-six hundred years ago Yahweh spoke through the prophet Isaiah, it is recorded in Isaiah 56:10-11. “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yes, they are greedy dogs, which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for their own gain.” Note these two condemnations. First they are ignorant, and second, everyone for his own gain. There is no excuse for their ignorance, every clergyman has assumed the duty to know and to speak the word of God. The people rely upon them for this, for where else can the people turn for instruction in such things?
The second condemnation is for false teaching for the greater money profit to be had thereby, that is truly unpardonable. However, they do know where the money is to be made. Go into the bigger churches, where the minister is paid very well for his services, and show me just one of them where the unfortunate congregation hears anything but smooth syrupy sermons! They may sermonize in great indignation against the man who drinks an occasional glass of beer, but when do they raise their voices against the Jewish influence which has driven God out of our schools? They may speak with thunderous condemnation of the man who is losing his soul by smoking a cigarette, but when do they dare name the powerful race who has grown wealthy selling those cigarettes?
When do they dare expose the anti Christian money which controls both of our major political parties, and steers both of them straight down the road to communism and the end of our civilization? These clergymen bemoan the bad morals of our youth, but when have they ever dared to mention the race who makes the salacious movies, which have led our youth into their present demoralized condition. Ah no, they never mention such things, because they know the penalty of offending God’s enemies. They have less fear of offending God. How bold they are to denounce anyone who does tell the truth about these evils!
God knew it and prophesied about it many years ago, in Micah 3:5-7 He said this. “As for the prophets, the Eternal says, who lead My folk astray, and who cry, All’s well! if they get food to eat, and open war on any who deny them: It shall be night for you, and devoid of vision, so dark that you cannot divine; the sun shall set upon the prophets, daylight shall darken over them, till seers are shamed and the diviners blush, in the morning, because no answer comes from God.” (Moffatt).
Isn’t this true today, into which church can you go and expect to really hear the word of Yahweh? Look in the church page of your Saturday newspapers, and read all the subjects listed for Sunday’s sermons, what do you find? Book reviews, amateur psychiatry on how to relieve the strain of the day’s tensions. There will be sermons on why we should abandon our principles in order to get along with the forces of evil without conflict, both at home and abroad. Not long ago, in one of the largest churches in San Diego, California, the announced sermon was “The Horse That played Baseball.” I have looked through the Bible in vain to find which prophet wrote on that subject.
I am amazed at the number of prophets who spoke God’s condemnation of the ministers who have refused to teach His word, because it always meets the opposition of the wicked. Instead these ministers have taught false doctrine because it is always popular and profitable. This condemnation is written throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, as we shall see. Few matters if any, have received so much mention, because this is the true root of all evil. If the churches never failed to teach God’s truth, then other evils would never get a foothold. Therefore, the Bible prophesies the eternal doom of these false shepherds, who lead God’s flock astray.
Another thing worth noting is this. Often the Bible’s condemnation is directed toward those who mislead the people into pacifism in the face of evil attempts to conquer the world, the very situation we face today. Today the ministers tell us that we must neglect our defenses, think only of peace and try to reason with the monsters who rule under the name of communism. We are told to settle everything by treaties, with those whose openly stated policy is that they never make a treaty in good faith. They only sign treaties as a means to deceive their intended victims, and their record is they never keep any treaty when they don’t want to live up to the terms of it.
There cannot be any other result of this but the most terrible disaster for our nation. In Jeremiah 6:13-15 Yahweh has summed it up. “From the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of My people but slightly, saying Peace, peace, when there is no peace. Were they ashamed, when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down.”
Suppose all of the churches had spoken the word of God. What if they had warned this nation in 1945 to keep out of the United Nations, that palace of strangers cursed by God. Suppose that they had read to their congregations what the Bible, both Old and New Testaments say against it. If they had reminded our senate, and had all of their congregations join in reminding the senate, that in II Corinthians 6:14-18 God warns us, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? … Wherefore, come out from among them and be ye separate, saith God, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you and will be a father to you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith God Almighty.”
If these ministers had pointed out that our own nation, which is seeking after righteousness, could have no fellowship with the Soviet Union, the most vile conspiracy against all good in human history. If they had done this could Harry Truman, Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White have prevailed against the united wrath of the two-thirds of our population which are Christian?
Suppose these ministers had read to their congregations the warning given in Isaiah 8:914. “Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. … Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand. … for Yahweh spake thus to me, with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not a confederacy! to all them whom this people say, A confederacy! neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify Yahweh and let Him be your dread. And He shall be for a sanctuary.” If these ministers had done this, we would not now be caught in this death trap, where just the negro cannibals alone out vote us 25 to 1. They out vote all the civilized nations of the world, because of this, the Afro/Asian bloc is rapidly becoming our master.
Let’s go back to these unfaithful shepherd’s still earlier failure to speak the word of God. Suppose that in the 1920s and early 1940s, the so called Christian ministers had told all their congregations the truth about what is in the Bible. What if they had warned people not to join ourselves with the wicked and help the ungodly? If these ministers had done this, and aroused the nation, then do you think that Franklin Roosevelt and his communist fellow travelers could have built Russia up into the monster which today threatens all civilization with destruction? No indeed, our people would never have allowed it if they had known the truth.
These clergymen were, as the Bible says, covetous, every one for his own gain, and dealt falsely with the word of God. For the sake of the support of the wealthy anti Christians, these clergymen went eagerly along with President Roosevelt, helping to herd the people down the trail to communist slavery and death. They told the people what great humanitarian policies Roosevelt, Harry Hopkins and Alger Hiss had. They told their congregations the United Nations was the world’s only hope for peace and safety.
Had they never heard of Jesus, as our one true hope for peace? No, they went along with the conspiracy. Yahweh knew it, and told us of it 25 centuries ago in Ezekiel 22:25-26. “There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey, they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and the precious things; they have made many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated My law and have profaned My holy things: They have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed the difference between the unclean and clean.”
This is true, those who joined in this conspiracy of the clergy were prosperous, they have taken the treasure and the precious things. As Ezekiel said, they put no difference between the holy and the profane, between Christianity and the evil schemes of the anti Christians, to bring communism to full power. As a result, these clergy conditioned the minds of the people to follow traitorous leaders into the situation which developed into World War II and the Korean War. As the Bible says, “They have made her many widows in the midst thereof.” Scores of thousands of families of our people have lost a father, son or brother in those wars. These wars would not have occurred if the churches had taught our people the word of Yahweh, and given them the prophetic warnings of these things before they happened. As God said in Ezekiel 22:25-26 and Zephaniah 3:4, “The priests have violated My law, and have profaned My holy things and they have polluted the sanctuary.”
Yahweh’s condemnation of them on these grounds is well justified, let’s look at the record. You have seen many instances of Jewish rabbis invited to speak in the pulpits of Christian churches, despite all the vile slanders about Jesus in the Talmud, on which Judaism is based. Likewise I have known of instances where supposedly Christian churches, have allowed Jewish synagogues to use the Christian church auditorium as a meeting place. How will these supposedly Christian ministers, ever answer to Jesus for doing this? The Bible tells us Jesus’s own words, recorded in Matthew 7:22-23. “Many will say to Me in that day, Master, Master have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.”
God again condemns them in Ezekiel 22:25-26 because neither have they shown a difference between the unclean and the clean. This is very true. In their churches, they have preached integration and mongrelization, the unpardonable sin for which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Did you know this was the cause of the judgment on these cities? They were immoral, but so were Babylon, Assyria, Greece and Rome, no such judgment fell on them. Jude 1-7 tells us that Sodom and Gomorrah, because of their going after strange flesh, are “set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” Yet this is exactly what many preachers are urging in their pulpits today, integration and mongrelization of the white and black races!
Truly, by their fruits ye shall know them! Several of the major churches, in their national conferences, have officially decided that their ministers do not have to profess a belief in the divinity or virgin birth of Jesus. They are now promoting the equality of all religions, and teaching universal brotherhood with the children of Satan, the Jews. By this they are admitting who their own father is. This is happening in churches that claim to be Christian! Psalm 74:2-4 is very clear on this. “Remember thy congregation, which Thou hast purchased of old; the rod of Thine inheritance, which Thou hast redeemed; … even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of Thy congregations!”
These churches and ministers lead Yahweh’s people astray by their apostasy. They get the help of the Jews, those whom Jesus identified as Satan’s children in John 8:31-44. They make it profitable and easy for themselves. The terrible truth is that our people are all too easily led astray, it is really quite popular. We, who tell our people the truth, who give them warning of the terrible judgments which they have earned, are usually feared and hated. We are called hate mongers in the official communist party line, which has been taken up by so many.
This too was prophesied by God in Isaiah 30:9-10. “This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of Yahweh: which say to the seers, See not!; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto the right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” This turning our backs on God must have its disastrous consequences, as we are warned in Jeremiah 5:31. “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so! And what will be the end thereof?”
Each day’s newspapers carry to us the news we are drifting nearer and nearer to the end thereof. This is when we will have to face the consequences of these false teachings which have corrupted most of our churches. Is it any wonder that our golf courses are better attended on Sunday mornings than the churches? If there were only the true spiritual leadership in the churches, people would not be turned away hungry of soul. God foresaw this, for Jeremiah 23:2 tells it very clearly. “Therefore, thus saith Yahweh, the God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people: Ye have scattered My flock and driven them away. … Behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith Yahweh.”
All of us are responsible to Yahweh for our actions. The ministers have taken upon themselves a far more terrible responsibility than anyone else. They have voluntarily assumed the duty to speak the word of God, all of it without dilution. Other civilizations have perished because they were not told God’s truth, so it could become part of their nature. Our civilization will also perish, if we follow down the same path. This is why it is so important to give this warning while there is still time. Our churches send missionaries to the African and Asiatic heathen, when there is more need that someone send missionaries to the churches! Jeremiah 23:11-12 states it very plainly, “For both the prophet and priest are profane; yea, in My house I have found their wickedness, saith Yahweh. Wherefore their way shall be unto them as a slippery way in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring calamity on them, even the year of their visitation, saith Yahweh.”
Why do I dwell so much on this theme? Because Yahweh thought it important enough to place it all throughout the Bible. Over a period of many centuries, God kept insisting on this point. God knew that so many would preach the doctrines which are popular and financially profitable, leaving out the stern and bitter truths which are necessary to our very survival.
Read what is written in Malachi 2:1-8. “And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you: if ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory to My name, saith Yahweh, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye did not lay it to heart. … And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you. … For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of Yahweh. But ye are departed out of the way: ye have caused many to stumble at the law: ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith Yahweh.”
Isn’t this true of today’s churches? They teach that all of God’s laws have been abolished, that His promises to His people have been canceled. They also teach that we must not remain separate, but must integrate with all the races and all religions in universal brotherhood. They teach we must find peace in the United Nations, which is dominated by pagan and satanic nations, working for the purposes of Satan!
Have they never heard the only prince of peace is Jesus? Haven’t they heard He alone can bring peace, righteousness and prosperity? Don’t they realize every time they tell us to recognize all the pagan religions as the equal of Christianity, in order to secure complete harmony with them, they are leading us to turn our backs on the one and only true God, Yahweh? They must pay for this and so must we, if we follow them!
Most of the major churches of today have failed to preach the real word of God as found in the Bible. Instead, they preach what some call the social gospel, or to be more truthful, the socialist gospel. The things the churches falsely teach their people are God’s will, are really the direct opposite of what the Bible actually says. The doctrines of Satan are preached in many churches, as being the word of Yahweh.
Yahweh foresaw all this thousands of years ago, and He warned us not to be deceived by it. Jeremiah 23:16-17 is very clear in Ferrar Fenton’s Modern English Translation. “Thus saith Yahweh: Listen not to the message of the preachers who preach to you. They preach nonsense to you, a vision from their own hearts. They do not preach from the mouth of the Ever Living. They say to the despisers of the message of the Ever Living, Peace will come to you; and to all who follow the ideas of their own minds they say, no harm will come upon you.”
The preachers certainly are preaching as Jeremiah said they would. They tell us that peace is to be had from treaties made with Russia, in the United Nations, even though no peace has ever come from that source. Jeremiah 14:13-14 again gives the warning, “Then said I, Ah, Yahweh! Behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then Yahweh said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in My name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke to them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of naught and the deceit of their own heart.”
Then Jeremiah continues the warning. “I have not sent these prophets: yet they ran, I have not spoken to them: yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings. … I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in My name. … How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.”
II Peter 2:1 reminds us, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you.” Matthew 7:15-16 gives the same warning. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits: do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles?”
We have found these ministers and priests to be false teachers, who have taught that the laws of Yahweh have been set aside and nobody need obey them now. They have openly doubted the inspiration of the Bible. They have denied the virgin birth of Jesus and denied His divinity, honoring Him only as a great teacher among many other great teachers. This includes a minister of a New York church who distributed copies of a pornographic novel to his congregation, he claimed it was no more pornographic than the Bible! These ministers have laughed away all of God’s warnings about the present time, which is so near the end of this age. They see no danger in communism or in the threatening armies and missiles of Russia and China.
All of these false teachings sound very comforting to those of weak character, who dare not face the realities of this time of crisis. It is so much easier to just stick our heads in the sand and say there is no danger, as long as we just give Russia whatever she wants, and try to show them what good fellows we really are. When these ministers teach these false doctrines, they inwardly realize they must face the stern anger of the indignant God. The next step is to close their minds to this, and tell themselves that if they just do the best they know how, that is all that God can require of us. They conveniently forget that if we would only study the Bible, we would know how to do much better, for we would know how to obey God.
This is all in the Bible, written over 2,500 years ahead of time. It is all recorded in II Timothy in the Moffatt translation of the Bible. “I adjure you to preach the word; keep at it in season and out of season, refuting, checking and exhorting men; never lose patience with them, and never give up your teaching; for the time will come when people decline to be taught sound doctrine; they will accumulate teachers to suit themselves and tickle their own fancies; they will give up listening to the truth and turn to myths.”
New Testament yes, but isn’t this exactly what the Old Testament warned us would happen? Remember what is written in Isaiah 30:9-10, “This is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of Yahweh: which say to the seers, See not! and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto unrighteous things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.” Jeremiah 5:31 also warns us of these things. “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so! And what will ye do in the end thereof?”
These unfaithful shepherds must make some pretense of finding some of their doctrines in the Bible. If they didn’t do this, their congregations would finally notice that none of their teachings came from the Bible. For the purpose of deluding their congregations, they like to quote a few words from the apostle Paul, taken out-of-context.
For some reason, Paul chose to write in a style which is difficult to understand. Therefore, it is easily twisted by quoting limited parts out-of-context. This also is nothing new, it was done for the same purpose in Old Testament times. The apostle Peter warned of this, as recorded in II Peter 3:16. Speaking of the writings of Paul, Peter says, “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard for to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable twist, as they do also the other scriptures unto their own destruction.”
As Solomon said, “There is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us.” God knew from the beginning, and He warned us repeatedly over thousands of years, to beware of these false teachers. God warned us of these unfaithful shepherds, who would come in these last years of this age.
False doctrines, preached by mere politicians, cannot do as much damage. These false doctrines are always doctrines of expediency, against which men of high principle would stand firm. It is when the unfaithful shepherds are speaking from the pulpit, that the damage is greatest. They undermine the moral fiber of the best part of the nation. As Moffatt translates it, Paul identifies these unfaithful shepherds in II Corinthians 11:13-15. “Apostles? They are spurious apostles, false workmen. They are masquerading as apostles of Christ, No wonder they do, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if the devil’s ministers also masquerade as ministers of righteousness.”
To sum it all up, we are confronted with unfaithful shepherds. They have infiltrated and corrupted many of the major churches, teaching false doctrines. They repudiate the divinity and virgin birth of Jesus, ignoring prophesy, teaching compromise with all the evils of Jewish communism and the world. These unfaithful shepherds teach that we should look to the United Nations, that parliament of evil, as the only hope of peace. Do not be deceived by any of them, look to Yahweh’s word, the Bible, as the test of all truth. Repudiate all who seek to substitute modernism for the great revelations made by the prophets in ancient times. Turn back to the ancient landmarks and then these unfaithful shepherd cannot deceive you.
Critical note by Clifton A. Emahiser: All I can add to this is the fact that false teachers have infiltrated the Israel Identity movement with their lies of one-seedline, no-Satan and universalism to mention just a few of their damnable heresies!