Hated As An Enemy For Telling The Truth
By David J. Stewart | December 2020
Galatians 4:15-17, “Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.”
I am the victim of church hatred. What a sad misnomer! I am the victim of hatred from an independent Baptist church. I am speaking about the shameful Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. Since 2014 they have painfully ostracized me. I have always kindly waved at them with a smile, but in return I get dirty looks, cold stares and unfriendly smirks. David in the Old Testament experienced this same hurtful type of heathendom. Psalms 109:4-5, “For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.”
My regular website and blog readers know that I have been writing articles about my painful ongoing ordeal with Harvest Baptist Church (aka, the Bob Jones University crowd) since they kicked me out in 2014. I am in a unique situation, being isolated on Guam, and that I am an independent Baptist. Where else can I go? They are my spiritual family. They are my professed brothers and sisters in Christ. Yet, they continue to ostracize me, showing disdain toward me, which is painful, especially at Christmas time and on holidays. Sadly, I mean nothing to them.
God knows that my only offense against them is that I loved them enough to tell THE TRUTH to help them! Harvest invited Evangelist Tom Farrell to speak at their church, who said from the pulpit: “A friend helps a friend to see!” I was being a true friend. But when I helped them see, they showed me the door! Pastor Marty Herron cruelly drove me out, and shunned me. I was so lonely and in love with the church's nurse, who worked at their school. So I literally begged to return, promising to keep quiet about my beliefs. I humbly apologized for any trouble I had caused, and pleaded with Pastor Herron to allow me to return. I kindly asked for his spiritual guidance with my life, explaining that I have been stuck in a ditch in life for several years. That ungodly selfish man verbatim told me to “go elsewhere.” I had nowhere to go. My blood is on Pastor Herron's hands, and his associate pastors, who were also involved.
I was listening to Alexander Scourby last week read the famous Bible chapter about love (“charity”), which is 1st Corinthians 13. Verse 6 jumped out to my attention, when I heard the words “THE TRUTH.” 1st Corinthians 13:6, “[charity] Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;” The Bible teaches that love rejoices in THE TRUTH! Whatever Pastor Herron and the Bob Jones' crowd have, it isn't love. Love rejoices in truth, it doesn't shun and ostracize truth-tellers. Shame on Harvest Baptist Church on Guam!!! The new pastor, Gary Walton, won't have anything to do with me, because of the influence of Dr. Herron. Time and time again I have seen Harvest's staff members in public, and they laugh as they pass by me, making snide remarks, and expressing disdain for me as a human being. That is not love!
Religion (Playing Church) Versus The Truth
I am amazed how many professed Christians literally ignore portions of the Bible which do not fit their agendas. A prime example is the Bob Jones University (BJU) crowd. Since they do not believe we have a perfect Holy Bible in the English language today, they reject the Biblical truth that God has preserved “EVERY WORD” for us today. Matthew 4:4, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” That is why BJU literally changed their statement of faith since 2017, removing the phrase “EVERY ONE” regarding the Bible. What an indictment against BJU!!! God knows that if Harvest had simply welcomed me back to church, I would have gladly returned, and built a new life at Harvest. I had hoped to find a wife.
Senior pastor, Marty Herron, quit in 2018. Associate pastor, Joe Hanson, quit in 2018. Associate pastor, Jared Baldwin, quit in 2018. They cannot escape what they have done! God will hold them accountable for leaving the church in spiritual shambles. Pastor Herron could have ended my ongoing battle with Harvest, by simply doing the right thing, by allowing me to attend church services to get the help I so desperately needed and pleaded for. I just wanted a church family for fellowship. Is that a crime? What kind of church refuses to help a hurting man, who humbly pleads for help? I pleaded three times in 2017. I have pleaded since. Harvest Baptist Church is a shameful mess today—a spiritually dead, dried up, lifeless, Neo-evangelical cesspool of indifference, CCM music, yuppie attitudes, and snobs who don't care about anybody outside of their religious clique (which by definition is a cult).
The Apostle Paul reminded the churches of Galatia that at one time previously, they would have removed their eyes to give him if it were physically possible. By the way, this is why many Bible theologians believe Paul's thorn in the flesh was poor eyesight. Paul couldn't see well. Paul said the Galatians would have plucked out their own eyes to give him, if they could, but now they hated him as their enemy for telling THE TRUTH. Strong's Concordance defines “ENEMY” in Galatians 4:16 as:“echthros: From a primary word ἔχθω echthō (to hate); hateful (passively odious, or actively hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (especially Satan): - enemy, foe.”
The Greek word for “enemy” here means “to hate” (whether passively odious or actively hostile). The Bob Jones' crowd hate me in a passively odious manner. That is, in an unambiguous way. They have made it VERY clear that they consider me offensive and contemptible, by forcing me out of their church and ostracizing me, literally banning me from even attending Harvest Baptist Church on Guam since 2014. Lord willing, I plan to spend the rest of my life writing about the evils which Harvest Baptist Church did to me, to let everyone know how not to treat others. It is called word of mouth!
If you want to see a living example of what a church shouldn't be, then simply look at HBC on Guam. Micronesia is in woeful need of real churches! Harvest Baptist Academy is a money machine in my opinion. HBC is a place for BJU's alumni to meet the obligation to worship God, if you can consider what they do worship. I know this—any type of so-called worship of God which does not cause you to love your hurting brother is as phony as a $3 bill. Romans 14:10, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Anything can be justified. The Bob Jones' crowd today are apostate! They use Devil's Bibles. They preach the Devil's lie of Lordship Salvation. I love the Bob Jones' crowd. God knows my heart. I do not hate anyone. But I do hate every false way, as God commands me to. Psalms 119:104, “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”
Please pardon my rudeness dear reader. 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.” I do not claim to be an apostle, but in so many ways I am suffering in the same way as did Paul. For telling THE TRUTH, the local churches hated Paul and counted him as an enemy, just as Harvest Baptist Church has done to me. Pastor Herron even injuriously and falsely called me an “enemy” in 2017. Dr. Herron is in for a shocking revelation when he stands before the Lord someday, and is reprimanded for promoting Devil's Bibles. Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” I fear that Marty Herron is not saved, since he ADDS turning from sins to faith (Matthew 7:21-23; Acts 15:1; Galatians 1:6-9). If I am telling THE TRUTH, woe unto Pastor Herron.
I Am Obsessed With THE TRUTH
God knows that my heart is in the right place. I am not obsessed with Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, I am a hurting man who has no church family. Nearly all of my neighbours either attend Harvest or work on staff, but they ignore me. That is not okay with God. Everyone needs a church family. When an independent Baptist church is so far gone in their doctrines, that they are using a completely different Bible, and preaching a completely different gospel, than what the King James Bible teaches, you've got a Satanic cult, not a New Testament church! When I have no church family because I am right, because I am on the side of TRUTH, you're darn tootin' right that I'm going to hoop and holler, and make a fuss!
I am appalled that tens of thousands of churches today are embracing Calvinism as a legitimate variation of the Gospel. Calvinism is damnable heresy!!! There are no variations or embellishments of the Gospel. Jesus Christ never sinned one time. He was sinless and perfect in every way! Christ died on the cross to pay for our sins. He was buried. Three days later Jesus physically resurrected from the dead for the justification of our faith (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). Anyone who by faith receives Jesus as the risen Christ, the only begotten Son of God, accepting His sacrifice on the cross as payment for their sins, is saved. That's it!
The Bible teaches that eternal life is a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:15-18, 6:23) You don't have to turn away from a lifestyle of sinning to receive salvation, which would be an exchange, not a gift. The Bob Jones University crowd have been corrupted. I am the best friend they have. I want everyone to know that my ongoing battle with the Bob Jones' crowd is not over them hurting my feelings , although they certainly have umpteen times. This is over the infallibility and inspiration of the King James Bible! Proverbs 19:11, “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” This is not about me, this is about THE TRUTH! HBC won't accept me back into their fold because they disagree with what I am standing for. God only authored ONE BOOK, not two, not hundreds! There is only ONE GOSPEL, not two, not a dozen! I am rightly contending for the faith.
This is not about passing over a transgression. This is about Bob Jones University today, right this very moment, still as corrupt as can be on the Bible and the plan of salvation! I caught BJU red-handed changing their statement of faith, removing the very two words that got them into big trouble in the first place... “EVERY ONE”! BJU removed those two words because they had to, otherwise they would have to explain how we can have EVERY ONE of God's preserved inspired Words today in hundreds of English Bible versions!!! I do believe we have EVERY ONE of God's Words, in the inspired and infallible King James Bible! And it is for my correct belief on the Word of God that the Bob Jones' camp continue to ostracize me on Guam.
Kindly said, Dr. Marty Herron is getting paid a much undeserved 6-digit salary as Executive Vice President of Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Cemetery in Iowa. If Marty is saved (I humbly don't think he is), his earthly paycheck is the only reward he will ever receive! Spiritual crime pays well. It is disgusting! I have no church family still in 2020, because Marty Herron turned Harvest Baptist Church against me. Pastor Herron is a wicked man who cruelly threw me under the bus between 2014 and 2018!
Humbly said, it is because of Pastor Marty Herron that I have had no church family since 2014 until today still. My blood is on his hands, for which God alone will hold him accountable! Dr. Steve Pettit is just as bad—a dangerous Calvinist false prophet! These ungodly religious leaders (imposters) are Neo-evangelicals—full of resentment and disdain for fighting Fundamentalists like me, Pastor Bob Gray Sr., Dr. Al Lacy and Dr. Jack Hyles. Neo-evangelicals stand for nothing, affirm everything in apostate mainstream evangelicalism, and run churches into the ground that they stole from Fundamentalists!!!
I love the preceding quote by Dr. Russell Anderson. Lordship Salvation sends people to Hell. The Devil's modern Bible revisions teach Lordship Salvation. When anyone denies the inspiration and infallibility of the King James Bible, they have opened the door to the possibility that there is more than one English Bible version. This is what is wrong with Moody Bible Institute, Bob Jones University, Faith Baptist Bible College And Theological Seminary, Liberty University, and thousands of other Neo-Evangelical institutions today, who promote the Devil's corrupt Bible revisions. Sadly, even Hyles-Anderson College since 2008 no longer believes that the King James Bible is inspired. They ALL share the common denominator of denying that the King James Bible is infallible and inspired, which is why they affirm dozens of different English Bible versions. Dr. Anderson understands the importance of having an inspired and infallible King James Bible, and so do I (humbly), and so did Pastor Jack Hyles!!! This is why we must rebuke and expose the Neo-evangelical crowd today, like never before!!!
Respectfully said, Pastor Marty Herron was Harvest's senior pastor between 1999 and 2018. I loved pastor Herron and desperately needed his spiritual help, love and guidance. I asked for his help with my broken life, with tears in my eyes in 2014. I attended the church's 6 week Foundation's Class, because Pastor Herron invited me to come. I went to all the sessions with about a dozen other new members. We met in his church office. I was so happy to have a church family, for the first time in a very long time. I was happy for the year of 2014. I had a church family, finally.
But in time God started working in my heart, as I saw church members using dozens of different Bible versions. I heard Pastor Herron preach Lordship Salvation from the pulpit. He promoted Dr. John MacArthur and passed out MacArthur's materials to the congregation. I went home and cried, disturbed by the heresy being taught by Marty Herron. That is not my opinion, that is a Scriptural fact! According to John 20:31, the Gospel of John was written to show us how to go to obtain eternal life. John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” Not one place in the Gospel of John are we taught to do anything more than simply “BELIEVE” on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. John 6:47, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.”
So I decided to help them as a true friend does. I went and bought $1,000 of Alexander Scourby King James Bible DVD's. I also bought several hundred King James' Gospels of John and brought them to the church's office for them to give away to whoever they wanted. I wanted to flood the church with King James Bibles, and I did. But they decided to silence me. I was threatened never to share a sermon again from Pastor Jack Hyles about the King James Bible. They called Dr. Hyles “a cult” for being King James Bible only. That means I am a cult too in their eyes at Harvest Baptist Church. In truth, they are the cult (an excellent rebuke of BJU by one of their own graduates, Dr. Peter S. Ruckman). I don't agree with Dr. Ruckman on double inspiration, nor other things that he teaches, but this is excellent.
I was under the sincere impression in 2014 at Harvest, that the church is a melting pot of beliefs. Pastor Herron gave me permission to hand out Gospel tracts by Dr. Curtis Hutson (1934-1995), which are 100% accurate. But Pastor Herron was a big fan of John MacArthur, as is Bob Jones University today. Dr. Steve Pettit (president of BJU since 2014) is a personal buddy of John MacArthur, and bids 100% Godspeed to his Lordship Salvation ministry! I found out painfully that the pastors of Harvest are fools! They rejected the knowledge I gave them. I mean, I put the truth directly into their hands, but they rejected it.
Please look at Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” God's people were destroyed because of a lack of knowledge (truth). But carefully notice who rejected the truth—the priests! It was their spiritual leaders who rejected the knowledge of the truth!!! God said He would reject the spiritual leaders, because they rejected the truth!
Jeremiah 2:8, “The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.” Jeremiah 10:21, “For the pastors are become brutish [out of their minds], and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.” Harvest Baptist church all scattered in 2014, to 2018. Everyone quit and left after they drove me out. The church spiritually died! A church that rejects the truth loses God's hand of blessing. Jeremiah 12:10, “Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard (MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles), they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
Religious imposters like Dr. Herron feel safe going along with other false teachers; such as, John MacArthur, Steve Pettit and Stephen Davey. God will punish them individually, even though they hobnob together as a group in their false teachings and wickedness. Proverbs 16:5, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” If Steven Pettit or Marty Herron were to preach their garbage of Lordship Salvation in 1950 at Bob Jones University, Dr. Bob Jones Sr. would have threw them out on their heads immediately!!
A Little Leaven Leaveneth The Whole Lump
What saith the Scripture? Hebrews 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Because BJU has tolerated these wicked false teachers for decades, and one of their alumni (Dr. John MacArthur) has achieved massive worldly success, they have let down their spiritual guard at BJU. Consequently, BJU today relentlessly attempts to merge Lordship Salvation with a free grace Gospel, as if they both fall within the realm of orthodox theology (but they absolutely don't). Pastor MacArthur errantly teaches that salvation is an “exchange” (he even uses that word). Dear friend, eternal life is a free gift, not a trade or exchange (Ephesians 2:8-9).
I am showing you how Bob Jones University went to the Devil. They stopped exhorting one another daily, while it is called today! Hebrews 3:13, “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” Hardly a preacher today cries aloud against the wickedness of abortion. Hardly a preacher today cries aloud against the wickedness of homosexuality. Instead, as shocking as it is, many pastors are embracing the LGBTQ movement and no longer preach against homosexuality as a sin. Please don't misunderstand, I believe homosexuals ought to be welcomed in every church. How can we help them if they are not welcomed in church? However, I do not believe anyone should be allowed to openly sin in the church. That is why churches vote people in, or out. If you want to live in open sin, you cannot reasonably expect a church to vote you in. 1st Timothy 5:20, “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.”
Having quoted 1st Timothy 5:20, Marty Herron, Steve Pettit, John MacArthur, and the Bob Jones University crowd, must be rebuked before all, that others may fear God, because they are sinning by promoting Devil's Bibles and preaching another gospel. Titus 1:10-13 teaches to REBUKE THEM SHARPLY!!! The Bob Jones' crowd are sinfully arrogant, and full of sinful hatred toward Fundamentalists like me. Harvest Baptist Church's continued ostracization against me proves what I say. By the way, if your church is going to vote people out, as Harvest Baptist Church did to a man who divorced his wife in 2013, then the pastor's daughter out not where hip-huggers and skin-tight spandex in public. If it is a sin for me to lust upon the pastor's daughter (Matthew 5:28), then it is a sin for a woman to dress in such a way that it makes it easy for me to lust upon her body (1st Peter 2:11; 1st Timothy 2:9; Proverbs 7:10). Aren't we humans big hypocrites?
If you want to talk about “hatred” (which Harvest mentions on their website), look no further than the way Harvest has mistreated me since 2014, forbidding me to even sit in church services. Who does that, except for a self-righteous religious group that operates like a social club instead of a hospital for sinners? I love you all very much, unconditionally with God's love. It is for this very reason that I continue to relentlessly SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE (Ephesians 4:15). Jude 1:3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
Galatians 4:16-17, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them.” Paul said that a group of false teachers were zealously affecting them in their churches, but not in a good way. Likewise, Bob Jones University zealously affect tens of thousands of churches today, but not in a godly nor good way. BJU is corrupting the churches with corruptible seed, and a perverted gospel of turning from sins plus partial faith in Christ.
Fundamentalist believers must take a Biblical stand against this junk theology and apostasy! I have taken a faithful stand for God and truth. I have run the course faithfully. It has cost me a potential wife at Harvest. It has cost me my church family at Harvest. It has cost me several years of happiness without a church family. Pastor Jack Hyles wisely taught me that to lose something in the will of God is to find something better. Neo-evangelicals are wishy-washy. They don't care about upholding truth. They don't care about the accuracy of the Gospel. They don't care about the purity of the Word of God. They don't go soulwinning. They refuse to even use the term, because the word “soulwinning” is synonymous with Pastor Jack Hyles.
And perhaps worst of all, Neo-evangelicals don't care about hurting people, which I have experienced firsthand at the cruel behest of the Bob Jones' crowd running the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. It's all about the money. Although they would never admit such a shameful thing, their walk talks much louder than their talk talks. Love is shown in deed, not in word. I love you all with God's unconditional love. It is for that very reason that I speak and rejoice in THE TRUTH (1st Corinthians 13:6; Ephesians 4:15).
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“If you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the man Christ without and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, you are not able to divide the Word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the Word of God, and cast stumbling blocks before the people.” —Evangelist John Bunyan
Truth + Half Truth = a Lie
Romans 16:17-18, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
1st Kings 18:17, “And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah,
that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
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