The More I Love, The Less I Am Loved
By David J. Stewart | February 2019
2nd Corinthians 12:15, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.”
Our text passage of Scripture is a remarkable truth from the Word of God. The apostle Paul at one time, known as “Saul” before he was saved, had been a murderer of Christians! Paul and his thugs bashed down front doors to haul believers to Jerusalem to be prosecuted. Acts 8:3, “As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.” Paul was so aggressive and effective at persecuting the Christians that they greatly feared him throughout the region.
Yet, we read the amazing conversion of Saul in Acts chapter 9:1-6. Paul grew quickly in his genuine faith, becoming a mighty preacher and missionary throughout Europe and Asia. As the years passed, Paul had grown so Christlike, that he couldn't relate anymore to many immature and backslidden believers in the churches. In Particular the Church at Corinth let Paul down. 2nd Corinthians 12:15, “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” Paul said that the more he loved the believers at Corinth, the less they loved him in return. That is so sad.
I too know the feeling of not being loved in return. But that's okay, I am going to love everyone, whether they love me or not. I know the lonely feeling of loving a spouse, who doesn't love me back. I know the lonely feeling of loving the people of a church, who don't love me back (and you'll never express more love than when you tell others the truth). I know the lonely feeling of wanting to be loved, and not being loved. Thankfully, our heavenly Father's love never faileth!
The More I Tell The Truth, The More Indifferent Believers Become
We not only see this cycle regarding Paul's love, but also concerning his proclamation of the truth. We again find a remarkable passage of Scripture in Galatians 4:15-16, “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?” Paul had founded the church at Galatia. Those believers loved Paul dearly, so much so, that Paul said at one time they would have plucked out their own eyes, to restore his poor eyesight if they could have! Wow! Yet Paul said they changed when he preached THE TRUTH to them, and now they even counted him as an enemy.
That is exactly what happened to me at the Harvest Baptist Church on Guam. For one year in 2014 they befriended me with love, and they would have done anything to help me; but then I told them THE TRUTH about the Devil's counterfeit Bible versions (that Bob Jones University sinfully sells and promotes), and THE TRUTH about Calvinist false prophet John MacArthur (who says: “There is no such thing as a childhood conversion!”), and THE TRUTH about Martin Luther (who taught the heresy of Sacramental Salvation until his death), and THE TRUTH about Paul Washer's false Gospel of Calvinism; and for these truths I became as an enemy in their eyes, just like the apostle Paul was betrayed. Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
The more that I tell the truth to Christians in the churches today, the less they want to hear it, and the less of a friend they are to me. I am counted as their enemy, for simply telling THE TRUTH! Who is not right with God, them or me? The answer is obvious. My defense is 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.” God authored ONE BOOK, not hundreds! We have the preserved inspired words of God in the King James Bible! All of the modern perversions were translated from the corrupt Greek of Westcott and Hort in 1881. It is no coincidence that nearly every religious cult, like the Satanic Jehovah's Witnesses, use the corrupt versions! You cannot talk sense to most pastors today, who are filled with sinful pride, woeful indifference and willful ignorance. This includes Baptist pastors! I am appalled with the shallow Pensacola Christian College crowd in Florida, and their lame interns, who have no backbone to contend for the Christian faith. PCC is too busy playing church to fight against the Devil's counterfeit Bible versions. PCC considers Devil-fighters like me “radical,” but they are apostate! The more I tell THE TRUTH, the less other professed Christians care!
My website ministry reveals the sharp contrast between my zeal for THE TRUTH, and the nauseating lukewarm deadness of Bob Jones University, Moody Bible Institute, Pensacola Christian College, Hyles-Anderson College, Ambassador Bible College, Faith Bible College And Theological Seminary, and hundreds of other dead religious places today! I am on-fire for God concerning THE TRUTH! Open your eyes dear reader! Can you see the great conflict with having literally HUNDREDS of English Bible versions? Bob Jones University doesn't see a problem! I preach so much against BJU, PCC, HAC and MBI and other Bible colleges because they are influencing millions of people collectively! All of these spiritually dead institutions are indifferent toward the Westcott and Hort counterfeit Bible versions!!! Granted, not “all” of the modern versions are directly based upon Westcott and Hort, but they have all been influenced to some degree by them, particularly in the reference notes. The New King James Version (NKJV) is one such example. The publishers claim that it was translated from the Textus Receptus, but it contains many of the same omissions and corruptions as the Alexandrian perversions!
The More I Care, The Less Others Care
By God's grace, I am a caring person. It is part of who I choose to be. I care about little things. I admit that I am emotionally sensitive. I get my feelings hurt easily. I have had numerous people throughout my life tell me to “grow thicker skin,” but I like my skin just as it is. No thank you, I am not going to become thick-skinned like the heathen world, uncaring, calloused and cold-hearted toward the things and people around me. When I go shopping, I always return my own cart. If I see someone else's cart left in the parking lot, I grab theirs too, and return them to their proper place. I care about stray dogs, and I feed them with my own food. I care. I am not a perfect person, quite the opposite, but I want to be someday when the Lord rids me of this troublesome flesh.
I was driving the other day, and was disgusted watching the woman driving in front of me, tossing her garbage out the window, a little at a time. People are so wicked! I like the saying, “There cometh one after you!” When you toss litter on the ground, somebody else has to pick that up! When you leave your cart outside the store in the parking lot, someone else has to come get it. When you don't clean up the toilet after use, someone else has to clean it up for you! I am appalled at how many men don't lift the toilet seat and make a mess for others to have to clean up. It is selfish wickedness! At a minimum it shows very poor manners and a lack of refinement. Let not such awful things be said of any Christian!
I brought my malfunctioning computer to a local repair store. They charged me $25 to diagnose my system. No one bothered to call me. So I called 4 or 5 times over the next 2 weeks. No one ever worked on it, so they claim. When I asked the young men working there, and one older toothless manager, they said the technician was just lazy. I have learned not to argue with people. I told them to keep the money, I just wanted my broken system back. As I was ready to leave with my malfunctioning system (there was no video), the toothless manager decided to be a nice guy, and asked the young Smart-Alec to look at it real quick. This is 2 weeks after they did nothing to even look at it. In 10 minutes he diagnosed that the RAM went bad. So I paid $125 for 4 GB of new DDR3 RAM. I was happy, despite their horrible mistreatment. So I asked how much money and the young man was reluctant to take it, so I laid $20 on the counter anyway, insisting that someone take it, because I am an honest man, and I wanted to pay them something. I care!
They treated me badly, but I wanted to do right by them anyway. I would never recommend their computer store, nor would I ever go back, but I did right while I was there. I always want to do the right thing, wherever I am at. When I got home, I realized that one of my secondary hardrives was now the primary, and the SSD (Solid State Drive), which used to be my primary, isn't even operative anymore. They did something to mess up my computer. Did they do it to be malicious? I still believe that someone was holding a grudge against me at the store, and deliberately did me wrong, but since I cannot prove it, I let it go into God's hands for judgment. I do that often, either because I cannot prove something, or else because there is nothing I can do. I marvel at how many trillions of evil things God must one day judge, but then I stop and consider the zillions of stars, and remember that God calls them all by their own name (Psalms 147:4).
I heard one of my favorite preachers, Pastor Jeff Owens (who has taught us all what it means to forgive), make a great statement. He said, “Sometimes our choices won't be between good and bad, but between good and best!” I love that! That is so true. A lot of times our decisions aren't going to be between what is right or sinful, but simply choosing the better path. The more that we care as Christians, the less people are going to care in comparison. Albeit, we are never supposed to stop caring because others don't care. America, Australia and Europe are very selfish and ungodly places today! I've never seen such horrifying crimes being committed, and it is only getting worse! Passing more laws isn't deterring crime. Lengthening prison sentences isn't deterring crime. The inspired Holy Bible is man's moral compass, without which man himself becomes his own God. If you look at the statistics of crime, school grades, and pregnancies outside of marriage, the numbers all tanked after 1963 when the Holy Bible was banned from America's schools.
The More Generous I Am, The More Selfish Others Become
Photo to Right: Some pretty flowers I photographed last week from my car window.
I've never seen such covetousness and greed as nowadays. When the average pastor says he's trying to “build a work,” he really means he is trying to increase the attendance to establish a financial base. It is tragic that many preachers are exploiting the Gospel for personal gain. The health, wealth and prosperity garbage has even crept into many Bible colleges and Baptist churches, but under the disguise of “building a work.” For example: I was rebuked by a shameful local Baptist pastor on Guam (an intern from Pensacola Christian College), who became upset with me for telling some of his church members that the modern Bible versions are corrupt. Jesus said out of the abundance of a man's heart he speaketh. I instinctively made mention that Bob Jones University sells, uses and promotes the Satanic English Standard Version (ESV). That greatly offended him, because he supports BJU. I wouldn't give anyone a dime for that kind of horrible pastor, tolerant of evil.
We were sitting outside the church after a Sunday night service. There were about 6 or 7 people present, including the pastor, although I was not even talking directly to him. When he overhead my words, he jumped in and started accusing me of running his church. I was surprised and kindly told him that I was only sharing my views, and was surprised that he took offense. He said I have no class and degraded me further. When I mentioned Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, who teaches lies of the Devil, he called them his “sister church.” I told him that Harvest teaches Calvinism (Lordship Salvation), promotes Dr. John MacArthur, honored Ravi Zacharias by inviting him to speak at their church in June of 2015, and uses the modern corrupt Bible perversions.
He couldn't have cared less. I told him to his face that he ought to be ashamed of himself, and I never went back. In a very real sense, he and Harvest are a part of the prosperity Gospel culture, because they serve mammon and not God (Luke 16:13). He said he was trying to “build a work” and that my controversial Bible debate might cause “a church split.” That was the very same excuse given to me by the shameful pastors at Harvest. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I tell you, I am so sick of today's lame, shallow, woefully ignorant, and worst of all, indifferent, pastors toward the truth! The more I preach THE TRUTH, the less I am loved!
The love of money is the root of all evil. Most pastors want to build up their attendance to secure a financial basis to support himself and future pastors; but if that means refraining from addressing controversial subjects like defending the inspiration of God's Word, and exposing the heresies of false repentance and Lordship Salvation, and exposing Satan's counterfeit Bible versions, then it would be a good thing if all such apostate church closed their doors forever!
It is because of the woefully sinful indifferent attitude of shameful pastors like the one I just mentioned, and Harvest Baptist Church on Guam, and Bob Jones University in North Carolina, and Pensacola Christian College in Florida, and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and many others, that we are now seeing apostasy like the following. The American Baptist Convention (comprised of about 5,100 member church) has now accepted the homosexual agenda...
Only 300 member churches withdrew, and 5,100 remained. I don't blame people for not going to church anymore, I really don't! These are 501c3 state-licensed houses of sin, not New Testament churches! Who cares? I care! When will they stand up for God? I am standing now! Where will they stand? I am standing on and from Guam! Here am I Lord, please send me! Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” God knows that I love everyone. I love music and musical instruments. I love God. I love the truth. I love my web visitors. I love my family. I love my neighbours. I love my ministry. Unfortunately, I have never felt as lonely as I do today, because “the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved” (2nd Corinthians 12:15b). Taking a stand for THE TRUTH is a lonely feeling! I know that in Heaven the Lord will honor, recognize and reward me for suffering the reproach of men for my stand for God and truth. No one can develop a heart for God who doesn't also develop a heart for THE TRUTH. John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
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