Christopher Columbus Attacked

Christopher Columbus Attacked

Addressing The Accusations Made Against Him, Then and Today

When examining the lives of those whom God had used to lay the foundation of this nation, we must remember, the Bible is clear, “All have sinned and is short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  No matter who God has used in the raising up of the United States of America, there is a sad truth, there are character traits which people had not surrendered over to the Lordship of Christ. It is no different in the life of Christopher Columbus. Understanding that a child of God may have faults and weaknesses, does not mean we disregard all their work for the Lord, nor do we allow the enemies of God to miss-lead others, even if they have misread what our founding Fathers have written.

In a letter written to Ferdinand and Isabela around 1500 by Columbus, we read a prophetic sentence which even affects today’s culture. Christopher wrote, “I have now reached that point, that there is no man so vile but thinks it is his right to insult me. The day will come when the world will reckon it a virtue to him who not given his consent to their abuse.” (Christopher Columbus, “Letter of the Admiral to the (quondam) nurse of the Prince John, written near the end of the year 1500,” Select Letters of Christopher Columbus (London: Hakluyt Society, 1870), p.153-154.)  Meaning, there are people who consider it their duty to bring into question the value of Christopher’s work, even if it means discrediting his character through false accusations.

The legacy of Columbus finds itself being attacked every Columbus Day where supposed experts, who disregard facts and truth’s, bring up old allegations and present them as new revelations to breed distrust in Christopher’s call, mission and success. The most common one being brought up is sex trafficking of native women, even girls as young as nine to ten years old. Well known sources like Wikipedia, Snopes and The Huffington Post make claims of Christopher Columbus selling native girls into sex slavery. One source claimed, “[Columbus] makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.” (History of Sexual Slavery in the United States, Wikipedia (accessed October 8, 2018), at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sexual_slavery_in_the_United_States; Did Christopher Columbus Seize, Sell, and Export Sex Slaves?” Snopes  (accessed October 8, 2018), at: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/columbus-sex-slaves/; Eric Kasum, “Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery,” Huffington Post (October 10, 2010), at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html)

Sources like the three mentioned base their claim and charges against Christopher Columbus on a sentence he wrote which they quote out of context, then push their misreading as fact. Miss-understanding sources quote Columbus as condoning and participating in sex slavery. They quote Christopher, “For one woman they give a hundred Castellanos, as for a farm; and this sort of trading is very common, and there are already great number of merchants who go in search of girls; there are at this moment from [the age] of nine [through] ten on sale; they fetch a good price, let their age be what it will.” (Eric Kasum, “Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery,” Huffington Post (October 10, 2010), at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html)

The fact is, when we continue to read the rest of the paragraph Christopher wrote we read that in no way he was saying this was a good thing. According to an article found on Wall-builders, America’s history, in the letter being quoted out of context, Christopher has a list of atrocities mankind was committing. At the close of the paragraph Columbus wrote with a broken heart, “I declare solemnly that a great number of men have been to the Indies, who did not deserve baptism in the eyes of God or men..” (Christopher Columbus, “Letter of the Admiral to the (quondam) nurse of the Prince John, written near the end of the year 1500,” Select Letters of Christopher Columbus (London: Hakluyt Society, 1870), p.165.; https://wallbuilders.com/columbus-and-sex-slavery/). Contemporary historian Carol Delaney noted,  “many of Columbus writings indicate that Christopher strictly told the crew with him not to harm or disrespect the natives. When bad things were done to the natives, Columbus was quick to punish those under his command who committed unjust acts against the local population.”  (The Right Scoop, Why Did Christopher Columbus “Sail the Ocean Blue” in 1942? It’s Not What You Think!)

The rewrite of America’s history is a common attack today. Knowing that people will not, nor do they have the resources to check accusations out, God enemies go unchecked and they boldly tear at the truths found in the writings of our founding fathers. People walking on the side of attacking and misrepresenting historical writings try to shame those who hold to traditional truths.

In this case of the accusation made against Christopher Columbus, the King and Queen investigated the allegations, they listened to Columbus’ defense. When the investigation was complete, the allegations were proved not creditable and false, thus all charges against Columbus were dropped and Christopher Columbus was restored. (https://wallbuilders.com/columbus-and-sex-slavery/)

We are called to be a people of noble Godly character, make time to check out what is being taught before you believe accusations which attack the servants of the Lord, especially if those attacks come from a worldly view point. As soon as the Sovereigns of Columbus’ time heard the allegations against Christopher, they intervened. Christians know and have heard of the attacks of Christopher Columbus’ work, it would wise for the Church to do her job, get the truth out and defend what the Lord did in the life of and trough Christopher Columbus.

Romans 13:7 says, “we are to give honor to [all who] is owed honor.” What will the churches do for Christopher Columbus? The Holy Spirit call is to love truth and make sure the whole truth is made known, so those being led astray may have the opportunity to make the right judgement. The question is, will the church intervene and intercede in defense of the Lord’s work through Christopher Columbus. Will they publicly address the issue or be like Adam and the poor priest, Eli?

Thanksgiving

First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

On Thanksgiving Day, families gather around their televisions to watch football games after devouring a large feast.  Some have even salted a bit of sentimental religious feelings into the day by saying grace before the main meal.

In contrast to this, the apostle Paul advises us to show gratitude to God no matter what our circumstances are.  Our forebears, the Pilgrims, knew that Paul was right for in the midst of want they met to express gratitude.  Abraham Lincoln also knew that, in spite of the circumstances (the Civil War, “a war of extreme severity”), expressing gratitude to God the Father affirms faith and issued a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated the last Thursday of November 1863.

Three things happen personally as you express gratitude:

(1.) Gratitude Mutes Arrogance.  When things are going well, it is easy to believe the myth about our own independence.  Steady employment, good health and fine education contribute to our idea that everything we possess comes from our own brilliance and hard work.  Self-sufficiency is part of the modern mindset tilting our thinking away from true humility and reliance upon a holy God.

Gratitude mutes this arrogance as the Holy Spirit reminds us that all success and achievement comes only because of God’s grace and His enabling power.  Without Him, we truly can do nothing!

(2.) Gratitude Motivates Action.  Paul puts gratitude and living thankfully together–“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father” (Colossians 3:17).  To Paul, thanksgiving, words, and deeds all impact each other.

Each God-given ability has some useful expression in the life of another.  Every Christian has a unique circle of friends and acquaintances that God has placed them among and to whom they can show the love of Christ.  We say thanks to God by using these abilities for His glory.

(3.) Gratitude Multiplies Adoration:  The cornerstone of worship is this:  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15).  The gift of grace found in Jesus Christ is the starting point of our gratitude.  Reasons for gratitude should not only be for the blessings God has given, but for His Son Jesus who bore your disgrace and sin.  He defeated death by rising from the grave and lives in Christians now through the Holy Spirit—the One who enables them to live victoriously over the sin that desires to destroy them and their relationship with God.  Adoration of the Lord will increase as you measure what you were without Christ to what you are now as you surrender to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Gratitude.  Thanksgiving.  What noble emotions!  They express appreciation to God for talents, abilities and gifts which enable people to fulfill what He has called them to do.   Gratitude motivates you to action.  Obedient Christians express gratitude by dedicating their time, talents, effort and finances to lift up Christ in their communities. Gratitude multiplies adoration for Jesus who died for the sins of everyone who will receive Him.

How will you express gratitude to God with your life?

Our Halloween Spiritual Battle

Where the Battle Really Is

 

The Bible says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

It is that time of the year when we see an interest in the paranormal, ghost, extraterrestrial life, etc. Horror movies, books, games and Halloween parties capture the attention of many. Most of these activities are just for fun, and for the most part harmless.

However, the Apostle Paul, writer of our key text holds a truth that should frighten us more than any modern-day horror film ever produced. There is a real enemy of our soul and he has a co-host of demons who have one purpose, which is to keep people from having the relationship with the Lord, God wants His creation to enjoy.  The Bible describes this warfare as real, powerful and consistent.

Good intelligence is the key for anyone who wants to win a war. This is why the Holy Spirit moved the writers of the Bible to inform us, so we may understand the enemy. God instructs us in many passages of Scripture, so there is no reason for anyone to be caught off guard. Ignorance of God’s Word about spiritual warfare is an unwise choice if a person wants to live a life which is pleasing to the Lord. The truth is, there is spiritual warfare going on around us all the time. (Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 357). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.;  Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (Eph 6:11–12). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.; Barclay, W. (Ed.). (1976). The letters to the Galatians and Ephesians (p. 182). Philadelphia, PA: The Westminster John Knox Press.; Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 2319). Peabody: Hendrickson.; Hoehner, H. W. (1985). Ephesians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 643). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.)

The spiritual forces Paul is writing about has a leader, the Devil. He is the accuser. (Revelation 12: 7-11) Satan is the super-natural enemy of God. (Hebrew-Aramaic Dictionary) The writer of the Book of Matthew calls Satan the tempter. (Matthew 4:3) Jesus said, he is a murder from the beginning and he is the father of all lies. (John 8:44) The Bible compares him to a lion, (1 Peter 5:8) a serpent, (Genesis 3:1; Revelation 12;9) an angel of light, (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) as well as the god of this age. (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Note: Our battle foundation is not just with humans who may insult, undermine or attack us in some way. Often those who are against us are unaware that it is Satan who is influencing them in some way. The illnesses, temptations and trials we face come from sources who know our weaknesses and is able to exploit us. (Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1997). The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version (Eph 6:12). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers; Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 57). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.) Our battle is not just against Satan, but against fallen angels, evil spirits who wield tremendous power. Tough we cannot see them, they constantly surrounded us, they cannot indwell Christians, they can only oppress and harass the true children of God.

Our battle and the defeat against powerful constant foes are accomplished by putting on what the Bible calls the armor of God. Twice in the Book of Ephesians we are told, “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God.” (Ephesians 6:10,11,13) The writer of this letter to us says, “so that when the day of evil comes, [we] may be able to stand [our] ground.” (Ephesians 6:13) The phrase “to stand your ground” is an active imperative of never yielding from the truth and not fleeing from our post of living out and proclaiming the truths of God in a sin-stricken world.  (Swanson, J. (1997). (Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) (electronic ed.). Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.; Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 357). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.; Robertson, A. T. (1933). Word Pictures in the New Testament (Eph 6:14). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.)

The Christian armor consist of six weapons found it Ephesians 6:10-18:

  • The Belt of Truth. The Bible says Satan is the father of all lies. (John 8:44) The child of God whose life is controlled by truth will defeat Satan and overcome the attacks of Satan’s demons. The belt of truth is symbolic to the teachings of God’s Word along with the integrity of a Christian’s life which is birthed forth as the Holy Spirit brings illumination of God’s Word into a child of God’s life. (Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 58). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.; Turner, M. (1994). Ephesians. In D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer, & G. J. Wenham (Eds.), New Bible commentary: 21st century edition (4th ed., p. 1243). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press.) Instructions for Christian living says, “You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:20-24)   

 

  • The Breastplate of Righteousness: This piece of armor was made of metal, chains or leather which covered the body from the neck to the waist both front and back. It symbolizes the Christian’s righteousness in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) as well as the child of God’s life being lived in Christ (Ephesians 4:24). The life we live either fortifies us against Satan or it opens us up to Satan’s attacks. (Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 58). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.) The breastplate protected the soldier’s chest from an enemy’s attack, the breastplate of God’s righteousness guards the believer’s heart. James tells us, “Submit yourself to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you.” (James 4:7-8)

 

  • Feet Fitted with Gospel of Peace: Christians are to be prepared and ready to take the Gospel of the Lord out at all times. Romans 10:14-15 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.’” Isaiah wrote, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation…” (Isaiah 52:7) Satan has declared war on the souls of mankind and Christians are ambassadors for the Word of God which brings peace to all who trust in God and Jesus Christ.

 

  • Shield of Faith: Paul says, in addition to all that has been mentioned, take up the “shield (thureon -θυρεον) of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one [Satan].” (Ephesians 6:16) The word faith (πίστις pístis) means the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things at all times, the provider of our needs and bestower of eternal salvation through Jesus Christ. (Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.) Satan seems fine with his up and coming destruction and he is working hard to take with him as many souls as possible. (Wuest, K. S. (1997). Wuest’s word studies from the Greek New Testament: for the English reader (Vol. 4, p. 144). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.)   The child of God who holds the shield of faith lives a life which proclaims, “For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:12) Christians who stand firm on Biblical faith trust in God’s character regarding His love for them, not on their present circumstances.

 

  • The Helmet of Salvation: Our eternal salvation is God’s gift to us as we trust in and maintain our relationship with Jesus Christ. Our salvation from the sinful flesh and our salvation from Satan’s daily attacks is enjoyed through a lengthy process of sanctification. Our sanctification involves the process of sanctifying our minds, taking every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) The sanctifying of our mind will protect us from intellectual surrender to the world view and enable us to overcome rationalistic doubt of God’s love for us, His provision for us, His protective hand over us and His enabling us to complete the work He has assigned to us. Keeping our minds on the written Word God erases all doubt and calms all fears we may have. We are to remember the Lord’s promises to us and His past faithfulness to us so we may walk faithfully before Him now as well as in the future. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good and pleasing and perfect will.”

 

  • Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Greg Laurie wrote, “The one piece of armor that is both offensive and defensive is the sword. When a [soldier] goes into battle, [he does not] beat the enemy with his shield or try to defeat him with his belt, or chase him down with [shoes for readiness], or throws his helmet at him. [He pulls out his] sword and uses it.” When tempted by the flesh, drawn by the world view or overwhelmed by Satan’s lies, Christian’s are kept spiritually healthy and strong by feeding on God’s written Word. In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  The writer of the book of Hebrews writes, “For the Word of God is living and active. Shaper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”   The Word of God works, therefore, learn it, use it, and meditate upon it so you may overcome Satan and his demons, just as Jesus Christ did when He was tempted. (Matthew 4:1-13; Mark 1:12-13)

Our spiritual battle with Satan and his demons is real and constant. Satan knows our weaknesses and his demons are relentless. God’s armor is the weapons we can use to overcome him and enable us to live a victorious life. This Halloween don’t spend your time judging others on how they observe it, but take the opportunity to introduce people to what is really happening around them all the time. The Book of Ephesians 6:18 hold a closing exhortation, “…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request. With this in mind, be alert and always keep praying for the Lord’s people.”

Christopher Columbus Attacked

Addressing The Accusations Made Against Him, Then and Today

When examining the lives of those whom God had used to lay the foundation of this nation, we must remember, the Bible is clear, “All have sinned and is short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  No matter who God has used in the raising up of the United States of America, there is a sad truth, there are character traits which people had not surrendered over to the Lordship of Christ. It is no different in the life of Christopher Columbus. Understanding that a child of God may have faults and weaknesses, does not mean we disregard all their work for the Lord, nor do we allow the enemies of God to miss-lead others, even if they have misread what our founding Fathers have written.

In a letter written to Ferdinand and Isabela around 1500 by Columbus, we read a prophetic sentence which even affects today’s culture. Christopher wrote, “I have now reached that point, that there is no man so vile but thinks it is his right to insult me. The day will come when the world will reckon it a virtue to him who not given his consent to their abuse.” (Christopher Columbus, “Letter of the Admiral to the (quondam) nurse of the Prince John, written near the end of the year 1500,” Select Letters of Christopher Columbus (London: Hakluyt Society, 1870), p.153-154.)  Meaning, there are people who consider it their duty to bring into question the value of Christopher’s work, even if it means discrediting his character through false accusations.

The legacy of Columbus finds itself being attacked every Columbus Day where supposed experts, who disregard facts and truth’s, bring up old allegations and present them as new revelations to breed distrust in Christopher’s call, mission and success. The most common one being brought up is sex trafficking of native women, even girls as young as nine to ten years old. Well known sources like Wikipedia, Snopes and The Huffington Post make claims of Christopher Columbus selling native girls into sex slavery. One source claimed, “[Columbus] makes a modern villain like Saddam Hussein look like a pale codfish.” (History of Sexual Slavery in the United States, Wikipedia (accessed October 8, 2018), at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sexual_slavery_in_the_United_States; Did Christopher Columbus Seize, Sell, and Export Sex Slaves?” Snopes  (accessed October 8, 2018), at: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/columbus-sex-slaves/; Eric Kasum, “Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery,” Huffington Post (October 10, 2010), at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html)

Sources like the three mentioned base their claim and charges against Christopher Columbus on a sentence he wrote which they quote out of context, then push their misreading as fact. Miss-understanding sources quote Columbus as condoning and participating in sex slavery. They quote Christopher, “For one woman they give a hundred Castellanos, as for a farm; and this sort of trading is very common, and there are already great number of merchants who go in search of girls; there are at this moment from [the age] of nine [through] ten on sale; they fetch a good price, let their age be what it will.” (Eric Kasum, “Columbus Day? True Legacy: Cruelty and Slavery,” Huffington Post (October 10, 2010), at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-kasum/columbus-day-a-bad-idea_b_742708.html)

The fact is, when we continue to read the rest of the paragraph Christopher wrote we read that in no way he was saying this was a good thing. According to an article found on Wall-builders, America’s history, in the letter being quoted out of context, Christopher has a list of atrocities mankind was committing. At the close of the paragraph Columbus wrote with a broken heart, “I declare solemnly that a great number of men have been to the Indies, who did not deserve baptism in the eyes of God or men..” (Christopher Columbus, “Letter of the Admiral to the (quondam) nurse of the Prince John, written near the end of the year 1500,” Select Letters of Christopher Columbus (London: Hakluyt Society, 1870), p.165.; https://wallbuilders.com/columbus-and-sex-slavery/). Contemporary historian Carol Delaney noted,  “many of Columbus writings indicate that Christopher strictly told the crew with him not to harm or disrespect the natives. When bad things were done to the natives, Columbus was quick to punish those under his command who committed unjust acts against the local population.”  (The Right Scoop, Why Did Christopher Columbus “Sail the Ocean Blue” in 1942? It’s Not What You Think!)

The rewrite of America’s history is a common attack today. Knowing that people will not, nor do they have the resources to check accusations out, God enemies go unchecked and they boldly tear at the truths found in the writings of our founding fathers. People walking on the side of attacking and misrepresenting historical writings try to shame those who hold to traditional truths.

In this case of the accusation made against Christopher Columbus, the King and Queen investigated the allegations, they listened to Columbus’ defense. When the investigation was complete, the allegations were proved not creditable and false, thus all charges against Columbus were dropped and Christopher Columbus was restored. (https://wallbuilders.com/columbus-and-sex-slavery/)

We are called to be a people of noble Godly character, make time to check out what is being taught before you believe accusations which attack the servants of the Lord, especially if those attacks come from a worldly view point. As soon as the Sovereigns of Columbus’ time heard the allegations against Christopher, they intervened. Christians know and have heard of the attacks of Christopher Columbus’ work, it would wise for the Church to do her job, get the truth out and defend what the Lord did in the life of and trough Christopher Columbus.

Romans 13:7 says, “we are to give honor to [all who] is owed honor.” What will the churches do for Christopher Columbus? The Holy Spirit call is to love truth and make sure the whole truth is made known, so those being led astray may have the opportunity to make the right judgement. The question is, will the church intervene and intercede in defense of the Lord’s work through Christopher Columbus. Will they publicly address the issue or be like Adam and the poor priest, Eli?

Proclaimer’s Appreciation

Honoring Those Who Teach The Word of God

 

There is a season of the year which is set aside to appreciate those who have the Christ apportioned gift of pastor. (Ephesians 4:11-16) Pastoral Appreciation often is celebrated through a world view. Like: Taking a pastor and his family out to dinner, sending a card to the pastor with names of the congregation on it or having a time of recognition during the service on a Sunday morning. Other things have been done to show honor to the Lord’s servant over the years. Yet, we still see a transition of pastors from pulpit to pulpit before seeing their work coming to a healthy completion. The church is called to discipleship, when a pastor moves on from one pulpit to the next without someone being Biblically mentored into the position of pastoring or shepherding (Greek: ποιμήν poimḗn) the people of God, then God’s best for the congregation was not fully enjoyed.

The Holy Spirit has given a gift for instructing the people of God so they may know His will for them and how to live in a manor worthy of the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 2:12) The people of God are told, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies (προφητεία prophēteía).” The person with the gift of New Testament prophecy proclaims the word of the Lord for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort. (“Martin, D. M. (1995). 1, 2 Thessalonians (Vol. 33, p. 184). Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers.) 1 Corinthians 14:3-4 says, “…the one who prophesies speaks to the people for their up-building, encouragement and consolation…. The one who prophesies build’s up the church.” Many have been edified, consoled and aroused to service for the Lord through someone exercising their gift to proclaim the written Word of God. In this context we are honoring those who exercise this Holy Spirit gift for the forth-telling of God’s will and message. (Barclay, W. (Ed.). (1975). The letters to the Corinthians (p. 128). Philadelphia, PA: The Westminster John Knox Press.)

True Biblical honoring of the person who has the call to publicly read the Scriptures is to enable that person to devote themselves to that task. (1Timothy 4:13) The Apostle Paul told Timothy, …devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have.” (1 Timothy 4:13) The world view and influence of honoring pastors every October has not fixed the tragic results of preachers leaving the ministry of preaching the Word. Of those who would give me an answer to my question, “What is your greatest frustration?” Number one answer was, family and the congregation they serve not protecting their time to fulfill the ultimate call of “Preach the Word.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

In 1994 at the North American Conference of Evangelist, the Billy Graham team put together a great number of Proclaimers of God’s Word to Preach the Word to encourage a new generation of preachers. They were taught the message to proclaim, the character of the messenger, and the new methods to use. Logos Bible software and Sermon Central are host websites with Biblical teachings which build up and equip others to preach the Word of God around the world.

This October, how do you honor the Lord’s gift to the church (Ephesians 4:12) those who are given the charge to preach (2 Timothy 4:2) the Word of God?