THIS IS GOD'S MINISTRY
By David J. Stewart | October 2012
Click here to hear a brief 2 minute clip from Dr. Hyles' timeless sermon classic, Slippery When Wet.
Psalms 5:12, “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.”
I love all my web visitors, whosoever you may be, with God's unconditional love. I truly do. I pray for you all daily, for God's will to be done in your life. You are loved in the Lord. And I thank those who pray for me and this needful ministry daily. I love the Lord and He is the sole reason that this ministry is here. God has put this in my heart. Philippians 2:13, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
I love the picture to the right... CHRIST IS RISEN!!! Amen! Colossians 3:1-2, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Jesus is on His throne, reigning on high!
Well this week brought quite a scare for many of my web visitors and I apologize. My website was shut down for over a day by my webhosting company. All that my 50,000 daily web visitors found was the disinheartening message, “This account has been suspended.” In addition to my usual health afflictions and accidentally slamming the pinky toe on my right foot on a box Friday, et cetera, the past couple days have been challenging. My toe turned blue the next morning. Ouch! I don't think I broke anything, but I'm watching it closely. Please say a prayer for my pinky toe.
Before I say any more, I want everyone to know that I'm not going anywhere as long as God wills it so. This ministry is Gods and He alone decides what happens to it. I have no intentions of quitting. I get tired, frustrated and broken down oftentimes due to my health afflictions, but everyone has problems, heartaches and afflictions. That's life! Expect bad things to happen, but don't worry, I'll bounce back with God's help if it is His will. But realize that this ministry is just my personal website and won't be here indefinitely. I encourage others to start your own ministries for that very reason. The only thing that is permanent are the inspired Words of God (Psalm 12:6-7; 119:89). That's why the heart of my ministry is uplifting the King James Bible and the precious name of Jesus Christ! HEAR YE HIM!
This is much more than a website, it's God's ministry. Expect suspended accounts and even termination one day. It can happen, but it won't be my decision. I will do my very best to prevent doing anything that will cause such actions, sincerely, but as our nation deteriorates spiritually, so will the laws. I don't know what to expect. So let's be ready for anything. If the Devil shuts me down, then by God's grace I'll be back up and running soon if there's any way humanly possible and I'm able to do anything about it.
I owe a lot of credit to my webhosting company over the past decade. Although we haven't always agreed eye-to-eye on things, they have given me the freedom to use plenty of resources to build the website God has impressed upon my heart. Bandwidth and disk storage are very expensive if you check prices online. This website draws one terabyte of bandwidth per month and occupies 25 gigabytes of disk space. That's an incredibly large website by most standards. I believe God led me to this company in 2002 for a reason. Everything that you see only costs me about $190 a year. You won't find that anywhere. I've offered them much more money, but they have always declined. So they deserve plenty of credit.
So if you see this website suspended, just relax and know that it's all part of having a website ministry. Things happen. It is normal for a website to be down for a day or two when that happens. Expect it, and don't fret it (unless you play guitar... get it, frets? oh boy). Anyway, I give God all the honor, praise and thanks, because without Him we wouldn't have any liberties or freedoms. Thank God for our freedoms and liberty in America. God is an awesome God and is greatly to be praised!
By the way, by right mouse-clicking on the main webpage of this site (click on the background anywhere), and then select "Set as Background" on the drop-down menu, then you can make the photo of the universe your desktop background. I just did mine and it looks very nice. But I usually just use plain black, with no designs.
The Bible Foretold That Persecution Would Come
One of the false prophets that I expose in southeast-Asia decided to make trouble for me. One of the employees of his religious organization alleged copyright infringement. It was a quote containing some text of his property holdings and a photo of him. The truth is that they're upset because I'm exposing him. I'm still exposing the guy, which is my legal right, but I prefer not to mention his name, simply because I don't want one of my loyal fans to make trouble for him. I am not a retaliatory person and don't expose someone more just because they attack me. I expose false prophets because God commands every believer to (Titus 1:10-13; Ephesians 5:11), I never attack people based upon my person feelings. That would be wrong. As Christians we are to let the Lord avenge us, and He certainly will (Romans 12:19). This website is simply a VOICE crying in the wilderness of cyberspace in Jesus' precious name.
The aforementioned false prophet that I'm exposing denies that Jesus is God the Father and he denies the Godhead. Like I said, I'm still exposing him (and will continue to do so), as I do hundreds of false prophets, but to mention him at this time I feel would be out of character for me as a Christian. I don't ever want anyone to think that I'm making it personal. It's not. I love everyone, even the false prophets that I expose in Jesus' name.
Over the past 10 years I can only remember about 3-4 complaints of copyright infringement, which is remarkable. YouTube is a copyright infringement battleground. That's why for my videos I've started using CreativeCommons media files (videos, audio, photos), which are all copyright free. I wrote about this in my article on making your own movies.
God has used a handful of preachers to change my life, and I love them as brothers. There's a pastor whom I love dearly, who preached some sermons against worldly music. I uploaded one of his preaching sermons exposing Rock music and a popular online ministry complained to YouTube. So I had to remove certain sections of the video. I choose not to mention the preacher, nor the video, nor the ministry that complained. The purpose of my ministry is to build, not to destroy.
There's a wonderful truth in Nehemiah about building the wall. The enemies of God's people tried to hinder the rebuilding of the wall and temple. They sent requests to Nehemiah to come down so they could talk. Nehemiah said I cannot come down for, “I AM DOING A GREAT WORK!” Likewise, there are enemies of God who want this ministry to cease. They will win some of the fights, but the battle is the Lord's. We are on the winning side in Christ. The Word of God tells us the future, and we already know who wins! Amen!!! Do you know what prophecy is? Prophecy is history written in advance! I learned that from Dr. Oliver B. Greene in his awesome book, PROPHECY!
In Dr. Jack Hyles awesome sermon, SLIPPERY WHEN WET (Listen), he says at 41:18 that oftentimes God will sprinkle water on our path to make the way slippery, which causes us to walk with care. We are more careful walking when the ground is slippery. So sometimes God sends tribulation and hardship to cause us to walk more carefully.
The apostle Paul said in 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.” As I draw nearer to God and abide in the Scriptures, I find myself lonelier each day in a Godless society where few people know God. It is truly a blessing to fellowship with like-minded believers. The more that we care as Christians, the more obvious it becomes of others who don't care. The more ethical we become, the more obvious it becomes of those who are unethical. The more that we love, the more clearer it becomes of others who don't care.
Jesus Said To Rejoice When Persecution Comes, Because Great Is Our Reward In Heaven
The Bible says to rejoice when God's enemies persecute us, for so did the wicked to the prophets of old. Matthew 5:12, “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” “Great” is our reward Jesus said. Amen, I'm laying up treasures in Heaven. This is God's ministry and website. If God wants this website online, there's not a human being on this earth who can stop it. Romans 8:31, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” And if God decides it's time to end, there's not a soul on earth who can keep it online. I live by faith, not fear.
Again, I want to encourage all of my web visitors that I'm not going anywhere until the Lord takes me home to glory. So don't get scared when occasionally you see my account suspended. People happen. It's all part of having a big ministry and website like I do. I'm fighting for the Lord, contending for the faith, and that makes many people upset. The Bible says in 2nd Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” The Bible didn't say maybe or perhaps, but “shall suffer persecution.” If you're serving God and not being persecuted, you're doing it wrong.
By the way, I own my domain name (Jesus-is-Savior.com). That's mine and no one can take it from me. The domain name is completely separate from the hosting company. Legally it is mine and I've renewed it out 5-years (and I'll keep renewing it as soon as I can, as far out as I can). Someone actually offered to buy my website this week. No, no, no! It'll be a cold day in Hades before I ever sell my ministry. God knows that I mean this... I wouldn't take a million dollars for my ministry.
Just as Jezebel murdered Naboth to steal his land, so are there evil people in this world that would love to steal this website. Satan always exploits what God builds. I'm just a nobody, but God is bigger than all. I trust the Lord to protect me and this ministry. My work for the Lord means more to me than all the money in the world. Who knows what may happen next? But don't despair my friends in Christ, if you see this website down or gone, I assure you that it's NOT my doing and by God's mercy and grace I will be back up and running. I have never even thought of throwing in the towel, not once!
Yet, having said that, there are many things that I don't understand in this world. The laws and regulations in America are so easily rigged, manipulated and abused that I wouldn't put anything past anyone. In lieu of NDAA, effectively we have no more Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is violated by courts countless times every single day all across America—whether it be restricting free speech, cruel and unusual punishment of citizens, or using legal loopholes to deny poor parents free legal representation as required by the 5th Amendment. When the U.S. Constitution was first presented to the American people, they refused to accept it until some changes were made to it. Those first ten changes became known as the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment is the right to bear arms (weapons). This right is being taken away from Americans little-by-little. A total gun ban is coming. This is the first thing that Communists do when they take over, that is, disarm the citizens.
I've been reading in the news for a long time about coming internet censorship, especially for Bible-preaching Christians. There are powerful people who want to make websites like mine go away. Eventually they will find a way. So be advised that this website won't be allowed online as it is today when the wicked get their way. Albeit, I try not to worry about things that I have no control over. I sincerely believe that the Lord's return is very near. The world is so crazy these days! The Bible tells us not to worry, but to pray about everything (Philippians 4:6-7). Most people tend to worry, and I confess I have to work in this area as well. Worry is over-concern about the future. This is quite different than being wisely concerned about the future.
Expect Persecution To Come When You're Fighting Against Satan
Again, so expect to see my website ministry suspended occasionally (I hope not, but things happen), if not altogether terminated. I don't want anyone feeling betrayed or sad over this stuff. My biggest concern during the entire time my website was down the other day, was that many of my regular faithful visitors had their heart shaken and were very sad. I'm so sorry that this happened. It's all part of having an online ministry. So just anticipate this kind of stuff happening. If my website goes down, I assure you that it is against my wishes. But don't worry, be of good cheer as Jesus said in John 16:33, for Christ is risen and we are on the winning side in the Lord. I'm not going anywhere.
I take responsibility for any copyright infringement. It's my fault. I'm not passing the blame. By suspending my website, it causes me to be more aware of what I copy from the public domain. With over 50,000 files on my website, it's to be expected that someone will claim that something is theirs. I share everything I have with others, and I want people to feel free to copy and use anything and everything from all my websites. Everybody is different and I respect those differences. Albeit, it's our differences as humans that cause conflicts. Brother Hyles has a great book titled, How To Treat Different Types Of Church Members. Dealing with different types of people's personalities is often challenging.
I can guarantee you one thing, as long as I have the ability to do so I'll always be serving God. I might be in a rescue mission, or homeless on the street and ministering to other homeless people, but I'll always serve the Lord and preach His Word! Electronically, the internet is as much a blessing to the cause of Christ; as it is a curse which furthers the cause of Satan. The internet overall is an evil place. If it weren't for my ministry I'd get rid of it. Albeit, Lord willing I plan to continue fighting the good fight of faith, preaching the gospel, contending for the faith, taking a stand for God and faithfully serving Christ on the internet. This is God's ministry. We don't know how long that we'll be here on earth, but until the Lord returns or calls us home we are hid in Christ (Colossians 3:1-3) and serve Him. Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Won't it be wonderful when Jesus comes and He has complete control over the world! It will be awesome when the Lord reigns and Hollywood is outlawed. It will be wonderful when the Lord returns and the wicked are put down forever. It will be awesome when Jesus comes back and there will be no more wars, no more newsmedia, no more corruption, no more evil. When the Lord returns, there will never be another sad day again for the Christian believer. This world is the only hell that a Christian will ever suffer, and the only heaven that the wicked will ever enjoy.
I am so glad, happy and joyful that I am on the winning side in Jesus Christ! John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus said that the servant is not greater than his Master. If the world hated and persecuted Jesus, then so will they hate and persecute us as His disciples. Jesus is precious!
Pray For God To Continue Giving This Ministry A Door Of Utterance Around The World
One thing that I learned from Pastor Jack Hyles in my 8-years at Hyles Anderson College and First Baptist Church (1985-1993) is... DON'T QUIT. We were required to cut the word out of our dictionary. Amen! I have too much time, sacrifice and life invested in my ministry to turn back now. This is a labor of love! It's full-steam ahead. Don't mistake my health afflictions and moaning and groaning from time-to-time when I'm a bit overwhelmed by it all... God's Word burns in my heart like a fire, just as it did Jeremiah 20:9. I'm simply sharing these truths with my web visitors to let you all know that I have no intentions of ever giving up my online ministry, come what may.
It is actually quite remarkable that this ministry has had the incredible door of utterance that God has given. I pray daily for a continued door of utterance, just as Paul did for his ministry. Colossians 4:3, “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.” If this ministry ever disappears, it will only be because God's people stopped praying. When the church prayed, Peter was delivered from death; but it wasn't until after James had been killed (Acts 12:1-4). As long as I have any sanity and health, I don't plan on going anywhere by God's grace and mercy. Please pray for this work in the Lord.
Again, even if you see that this account has been terminated one day (hopefully not), I'll be up and running in a couple weeks at most, Lord willing. I can open a new account in one hour, but it takes time for the technical stuff and to upload the many files. So don't you worry. That was my only concern while my ministry was down, that is, the sadness it struck in the hearts of my many faithful web visitors who are blessed daily by this labor of love in the Lord. I'm here for you, in Jesus' name. You are loved in Christ.
So just rest assure in your heart that I have absolutely no intentions of quitting. I'd rather die first. Even if, God forbid, one day you see that my account has been terminated, don't panic, it's just a pothole in the road of life. It may take a couple weeks to relocate, but Lord willing “I'll be back” as Arnold Schwarzenegger is famous for saying in his movies. And by the way, I have no plans of changing webhosting companies (I've been with the same company for 10 years now), but I'm just saying that I don't want you to worry about that.
If you pray for this ministry, then you are a co-labourer with me. Colossians 4:12, “always labouring fervently for you in prayers.” If Jesus was persecuted, even crucified, then we can expect the same as His disciples. I don't worry about it. If anything ever happens to this website, then I'll know God has other plans for my ministry. To lose anything in the will of God is to find something better. Bob Jones Sr. said that. I'm going to trust the Lord and try not to worry. It's human nature to worry, but God told us not to, but in everything by prayer and supplication, make our requests known unto Him (Philippians4:6-7).
I am learning day-by-day how to be a webmaster. I've never liked that term. It sounds so arrogant. The only Master I serve is Jesus. So I always refer to myself as a webservant instead. It's my fault that my website was suspended for a day. I sincerely copied something that I found on the internet that was allegedly copyrighted. But I can't e-mail everyone about every single thing I use. What if I contacted Arnold Schwarzenegger and asked him if a photo I found of him online is copyrighted? He would think I'm a lunatic (and I would be).
The complaint filed against my website wasn't even about intellectual property. It was some land lot numbers. Every house is on a numbered lot. That's standard all around the world. I never would have known that it was copyrighted, and neither would have you unless you are familiar with land surveying. But it's still my fault, sincerely, because I am the webmaster and I'm supposed to know.
So as much as I try not to copy someone's precious intellectual property, et cetera, it happens. It's a very serious matter and I'll do my best to avoid doing it, but don't panic if you see my website down occasionally. It's been years as far as I can remember since my website was down for a day. Let's praise the Lord for that, and again a big thumbs-up to my web hosting company.
I apologize that my health afflictions hinder me from spending the hours per day reading and answering e-mails that I wish I could. Literally, answering e-mails is a completely separate ministry and requires hours per day. We'll have eternity to fellowship, and what a time that will be with the Lord our King!
My life has been upside down in recent years and I'm hanging in there the best I can with God's strength. I had a difficult enough time with my health afflictions prior to me surgeries, but now I'm much worse off. Never let them cut into you if you can avoid it. I didn't want to live with the pain and now I have to live with the pain and peripheral neuropathy. It's not living I assure you. But Philippians 3:21 is precious to my mind, “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
I love all of you in the Lord, whosoever you may be!
Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”