Pastors Who Poke Fun @ Preparedness & Other Stuff!

I’m in between churches right now.  This last week, we visited a church that my wife and I used to go to when we were first married.  It’s a big church and has a lot of people that attend, although it looks like not as much as when we used to attend.

The pastor started his sermon last week with the question, “So are you ready for the end of the world?”  Of course, my ears perked up because I haven’t heard any pastor, in a church that I have attended, preach, discuss or talk about end time issues lately.

Of course, I quickly realized he was being sarcastic and sat there while he poked fun of some of the things that you read about on the internet, mainly the blood moons and the Hadron Collider.  I can deal with the sarcasm.  I have seen many “scary” things come and go in the preparedness community.  I mean by now, the world should of ended about a dozen different times.  My problem was with the way he treated preparedness.

Again, sarcastically. he said (I’m paraphrasing) go ahead and buy food and find a cave, but when nothing happens, give it away and go preach the Gospel.  If you’ve read or watched any of my videos, you know that I’m about the Gospel, but I didn’t like the way he didn’t take preparedness seriously.  Anyway, when I got home, I made the video directly below.

I’m also including two other videos.  Altogether, all of these would require a long sit down.   I listen to videos when I’m in my truck going to work.

The video of JD Farag from Sept. 6 deals with the same subject as this other preacher, but with a sharp contrast as to the meaning and background behind it.  I am also linking to Fellowship Bible Church’s sermon from last Sunday.  I don’t agree with everything the pastor says, he deals with some of the craziness of the month of September, but doesn’t suggest that preparedness is a waste.  Just like everything, Christians should temper everything with the standard of God’s Word and the leading of the Holy Spirit!

Here are the three videos.  Let me know what you think below in the comments…

My Video

 

JD Farag

 

Fellowship Bible Church

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17 thoughts on “Pastors Who Poke Fun @ Preparedness & Other Stuff!

  1. Marcia

    Todd, the government has even prepped beginning many years ago in mountains – underground to keep the President and upper government alive. They still are continuing evidently with the Walmarts read about online. A girl I work with said someone on the inside told her to store up items that something was going to happen, but she was not allowed to tell her exactly what. Most of the country knows a bomb could go off anywhere in this country, while your shopping or eating at a restaurant, even people coming in to churches just to kill; no place now days is safe. Jesus said (Matt 24:20-21) “pray that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day: for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not…nor ever shall be.” So I figure the way our country is – it is not praying – it will be in winter; which would be the worse time for electric to go off. Just my opinion. (I’m going to get a wood burning stove I can cook on. My electric was off for days during an ice storm years ago – gets to be a tad cold!)

    1. Todd Sepulveda Post author

      Marcia,

      There are so many things that are “possible” right now, it’s crazy. I’m curious, you said someone told a girl you work with to store up…is she on the inside of Walmart or some government entity?

      Peace,
      Todd

      1. Marcia

        She said the woman is on like a list of private sector drs. and others, that can be called upon in an emergency. She has been on alert for months. She did not tell her exactly what or why, but to stock up on lots of water and food .

    2. pat r

      You might want to buy an older, used wood stove, if you can find one. We just bought a new US-made wood stove from the Englander Stove Company. But, according to the reading I’ve done (and I haven’t yet set up the stove to try it – it is awaiting installation) you can’t cook on the new wood stoves. In order to meet EPA Guidelines, it is constructed in such a way that it can’t heat up enough to cook on.

      Don’t know if this is true, since I haven’t tried it, but thought you should be aware.

  2. John

    I am a retired Marine in my 50’s. I am a believer but not active in a church. I pray everyday we will survive what is coming and I don’t even know what it is. I started prepping 6 years ago by storing rice and beans from costco then expanded to FD and MREs. I have expanded my supplies to weather any storm. I believe God is coming. By preparing we show God we believe. Evil abounds just read the news. Perhaps the Pastor is trying to calm his flock. Good luck and God bless.

    1. Todd Sepulveda Post author

      John,

      Thanks for your comment. I could understand if this pastor was trying to settle down his flock, but it wasn’t like that at all.

      On the other hand, I would encourage you to keep looking for a church to be a part of. I know it is hard to find one at times, I’m experiencing that myself….but Christianity was meant to be lived out in community. If you feel led, you might want to consider starting a Community group, see the link on the top menu bar of the page.

      Peace,
      Todd

  3. doug

    Todd —- it will quite amazing and very enlightening to see and/or hear what the ‘critical’ pastors say and/or do when ‘things’ do begin to happen … as a previous comment indicated = “By preparing we show we believe.” Keep looking up and keep up the good work and words —- you are read and listened to by many-many of us.
    Thanks ever-so-much for your courage to share!

  4. Steven

    God puts a premium on good stewardship and doing the best you can with what He has put before you. If a fellow believer fails to be prepared the best they can for what life may throw at him, whether for teotwawki or something like the loss of a job, they are engaged in bad stewardship. Always need to be prepared and always need to be tempered with the gospel. Yeshua did not die for us so that we could have a couch potato faith and be armchair Christians.

    1. pat r

      You are so right. What did Holy God tell Noah to do? Prepare. For 120 years, Noah and his family worked to prepare while still preaching the gospel of salvation at every opportunity. What did the people he wanted to save do? Ridiculed Noah and his family – and went on their merry ways. Until the flood came.

      What did Holy God tell Joseph to do in Egypt? Prepare. Joseph was told he would have 7 years of plenty. During that 7 years of plenty, they were to save up a given percentage in order to PREPARE for the 7 years of “extreme” famine that would follow the 7 years of plenty. In his obedience to Holy God’s instructions to PREPARE, Joseph saved not one, but two nations: Egypt and Israel, from “extreme” famine (starvation).

      Nowhere do I see in Holy God’s Word where He tells His people to sit on their backsides and do nothing while He does it all. On the contrary, He is clear on exactly what His people are to DO for themselves, dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” just as He tells them to do. When they have acted by faith in absolute obedience to His instructions, doing what they have been equipped to do, have the power to do, and the means to do, IN THE NATURAL, then, and ONLY then, does He show up in the supernatural.

      Those who say Christians are acting in lack of faith when “prepping” have not read the Word of God, IMHO. I say it takes lack of faith not to prep. Be ready for anything, at any time, for any reason. And be ready to share with those who didn’t, as much as possible. Perhaps then SOME will hear what they would not otherwise listen to hear.

      Proverbs 22:3 and 27:12 The prudent man sees the danger and ‘hides’ himself (prepares) while the fool goes blindly on… (somewhat paraphrased)

  5. JJ

    1 Timothy 5:8 (NIV)

    “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”

  6. Debbie

    Todd I am so grateful to have your blog it blesses and helps me so much, I don’t blame you sitting under someone who doesn’t have our mindset maybe the preppers need to start our own worship and praise church serving the one and true living God and Jesus His only begotten Son who died for our sins on Calvary. God gives us the knowledge and wisdom to prepare and be ready for what might come that we maybe ready and can take care of our families. Preparedness is essential for us to take care of our family and where we are short God will take care of the rest, amen keep up the good work you expire me to push on and I appreciate your Godly walk, I trust your guidance God Bless You and your family

  7. MajorDad

    Todd,
    I am a Pastor in Anchorage, Alaska, a retired Marine and a prepper. Our men’s group at the church routinely discuss being prepared for any number of events which could strike us, not only at a national level but on a local one as well.

    To start a discussion up here on why one needs to be prepared, you only need to make a reference to the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, (a 9.2 that was the largest to ever hit North America) and ask what would it be like if it happened again.

    Anchorage had only a population of about 50,000 back then and they were mostly people who were used to living a subsistence lifestyle. Today’s population is 6 times that and for the most part, they are more or less typical urban and suburbanites.

    So our church is one where we do discuss being prepared and the ramifications of it. of course there are several differing ideas on what is the greatest threat to our current way of life, but we pretty much all agree that we need to be prepared in case something does happen. We have discussed all sorts of options from using the church as a gathering point to evacuating out to cabins owned by members and may options in between. Our actions will be highly dependent on the scenario of the disaster/crisis.

    Although I do not make prepping my sermon topic all the time, I personally have incorporated into many of my sermons the need for Christians to heed 1 Timothy 5:8 “but if anyone does not provide of his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” – and be prepared not only to care for your own, buy to save up extra for others who may not have the ability to do what you can do.

    Other verses I have used are Proverbs 22:3 “The prudent see the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished’ and a study on the life of Joseph in genesis who saved up grain during 7 good years in order to have food during the 7 lean years.

    I know there are not many pastors who believe in preparedness, but I encourage people to continue to pray and search for a church where one can find like-minded believers in Christ. It is one way the church can be a relevant force not only for today, but in a future crisis.

    Thanks again for you great columns.

    Major Dad

  8. Ken Pugh

    If you want a Pastor who tells it straight try Passion for Truth Ministries in Saint Charles MO though if it to far to drive look for them on YouTube. I just found them and the Church tells it like it is.God bless you!

  9. pat r

    I served with the American Red Cross as a volunteer for many, many years. There are few volunteer jobs I have not done. I have helped served hundred, perhaps even THOUSANDS, of individuals and families. NOT ONE OF THEM WAS PREPARED FOR WHAT HIT THEM.

    Be ready – for anything, at any time, for any reason. You never know what you will need it, or, one of your neighbors.

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