Where Are The Pestilent Fellows?

Posted by on Oct 17 2011 at 8:46 PM
The Pastor's Pen >> 2011


Where Are The Pestilent Fellows?

Cliff Christman, pastor

Trinity Missionary Baptist Church

Richmond, Kentucky

I would like to bring your attention to the books of Acts and the 24th chapter. Here we will see the apostle Paul in a very difficult position to say the least. In verses 1-4 Tertullus is accusing Paul before Felix, the governor. His methods are no different than the politicians of our day. He comes in with the tone of political correctness that is quite nauseating to say the least.

Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, we accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness… For we have found this man and pestilent fellow…

It is quite apparent that the life of Paul brought many problems to him and those with him throughout his entire ministry. Things are not much different today; actually we are coming full circle back to the way things were during Paul’s ministry. Think about it, the religious crowd (the Jews) rejected Christ, and the Gentiles were so caught up in their polytheistic will-worship that they had no idea who God was. Unfortunately things are not much different now.

America has drifted away from God and may never return if it remains on its current course. The rights and freedoms that we now enjoy are either diminishing before our very eyes or they are proving to be the instruments in which we die from. What a sad thought, is it not? Imagine for a moment the very freedoms and liberties that great Americans died to provide, preserve, and perpetuate are quickly becoming the means in which we will die.

Some may ask, why? Others may not even understand where I am coming from, therefore it is very important that we stop and explain just briefly just what I mean. As most of Christendom would agree, Jesus is coming soon and with His coming some radical changes are taking place around this world. The establishment of an “Authoritarian Government” is on the way. Much of the foundation is already laid and many people have been programmed through secular education to receive such thinking.

Keep in mind, there are some things in this present world that have been proposed that may not be all that bad in and of themselves, but they must have parameters and guidelines that are absolute. However, we are a society that has all but removed absolutes and have made them arbitrary. The liberties we have been graciously given in this nation are quickly slipping away to the highest bidder. All the politicians have to do for most is to promise to keep their personal peace and affluence in good standing and most will give up anything. This mindset is producing an Authoritarian Government whose absolutes are certainly arbitrary. Mind you, this cannot work under the system in which our forefathers have given us. Our liberties and freedoms can only work under the consensus of Christianity. There must be absolutes in which to govern by. As Francis Schaeffer profoundly put it, “If there are no absolutes by which to judge society, then society is absolute.” This can only breed chaos as we can see all around our land today. People claim it is their right to murder their unborn child, it is their right to fill their minds and the minds of others with pornography, and it is their right to honor every culture that floats upon our shores at the expense of our own. It has become the right of Americans to burn our flag, to cease praying in our schools and to remove God from our way of life. Now with society deciding what is absolute and not the Word of God it will not be long before a man or an elite group has an opportunity to step in and offer order. The order offered always comes with a cost. The cost will be the loss of even more of our liberties until one day we are completely at the mercy of the state.

The choice set before us is very clear: 1). Get back to the Bible 2). Imposed Order. With this in mind I want to know, “Where are the pestilent fellows?” Paul stood in a day much like our own that was filled with false polytheism and philosophies of men among many other things and he went in the power of Christ and delivered the message that so many needed to hear. It eventually cost him his head, but praise God for men like Paul who has the backbone to speak the truth. Society as a whole could not accept Paul. His entire world-view was far from their world-view. How about you? Do you find yourself fitting in and accepted or do you see more and more the need to let our light shine in this world of darkness come what may? Are you one of those pestilent fellows or just among the pathetic out there who really have no care for truth?

I am thankful to among men here at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and Antioch Baptist College who do not fit into this world’s system and do not care to. They follow the Lord Jesus Christ at all cost. Will you?