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As you probably know, we do not link with other Christian websites; most of these sites very obviously are not in favor of the eschatological viewpoint that Antipas is purveying to the world, and are - in fact - very much opposed to it. These are websites that purvey an "escapist" mentality insofar as the "end of the age" is concerned, and/or seek to link the church to right-wing Christian circles in the United States. HENCE, WE NEED YOUR HELP IN GETTING THE MESSAGE OF ANTIPAS OUT TO THE WORLD. We urge you to take an active part in doing so by emailing this article to your friends and loved ones, and by doing so, fulfilling the Word of God in Ezekiel 33:2-6. BECOME A WATCHMAN ON THE WALL; it may cost you everything, but that's a small thing in the light of eternity. PRESS HERE.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord:

As usual, whenever we send out an "emergency request for funds" as we did earlier today we are admonished by many for making such a plea. This time has been no different; such letters began pouring in only minutes after we sent out our request.

As a result, I feel compelled to answer our critics: The following letter was written some time ago (in the mid-1990s) when our ministry was going through a particular "dry-spell" insofar as our finances were concerned. We sent out a letter to our subscribers at the time saying that if things didn't change, the full-time workers in the ministry would have to "move on" because Antipas was no longer able to support them. When we did so, we were inundated with what can only be called "hate mail."

This letter was our response at that time: it spells out our attitude insofar as "giving" is concerned.

However, it should be noted in this connection that the ministry has NEVER cut off anyone for not giving. The articles on this website are available FREE OF CHARGE to everyone.

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Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord:

I must tell you all that I was stunned and somewhat saddened by the reaction we received from so many of you with regard to the fact that Jack and I had to "move on" because Antipas was unable to support us - not that we were leaving the ministry per se, but simply that we had to support ourselves. While almost all of those who responded said that "... we were saying things that no one else was saying ..." - and that what we had to say had, at least to some extent, changed their lives (or at least their perspective) - most were quite angry that we couldn't continue in the work - not everyone (in fact, some were very kind and wanted to help), but most.

One brother called us "wussies." Another brother berated us for not being able to sacrifice ourselves more. A certain sister said that we should be able to work a full-time job, then come home and "do our thing" after work [and all I can say to that person, is that she has no idea of the amount of work that goes into each of these articles; these articles are not something we got off the internet somewhere and passed on; nor are they something we heard in a sermon, rearranged a little, and shuffled it off to you (which is what a lot of Christian internet ministries are all about). They were all original articles. One doesn't just come home after work and throw them together - especially when you're not a young man anymore].

People who say such things, of course - i.e., that we should hold down a full-time job and do the Lord's work when we have the time - refer to Paul's tent-making; specifically to 1 Cor. 9:13-17:

"But I have used none of these things (i.e., the obligation of the brothers and sisters to support what he was doing): neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

"For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

"For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

"What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. (I Cor. 9:13-17)

But it's interesting to note that when one quotes verses 13 - 17, verses 1 through 12 are invariably left out; but in leaving verses 1 through 12 out, one misses altogether what Paul was really saying; these verses (i.e., verses 1 through 12) read as follows:

"Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

"If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

"Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,

"Have we not power (i.e., the right) to eat and to drink?

"Have we not power (i.e., the right) to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas [Peter]?

"Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power (i.e., the right) to forbear working?

"Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?

"Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

"For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?

"Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal (material) things?

"If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.

"Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

"Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel." (I Cor. 9:1-12)

What had happened was this: Paul had been receiving support from a certain church which he had raised up, and their arose a contention in that church as to whether they could really "afford" to support Paul any longer - after all, Paul was not living there any more - he was doing the work to which God had called him elsewhere. As a result of the controversy, Paul's support was ended - and Paul was forced to resort to tent-making in order to support himself. But that was no glory to God; it was a shame to Him! - and it was a tragedy insofar as the work was concerned - for while Paul was making tents, the work to which he had been called stopped. And this ancient tragedy is made all the worse when saints today say that this is what God really wants - "full-time" workers making tents in order to support themselves.

This is NOT what God wants! This is NOT what Paul wanted! To say so is to totally misconstrue I Corinthians 9:1-19 - and so much so as to make the mistake appear purposeful. Any honest reading of this passage of Scripture would make it abundantly clear what God wants (even demands) from those who follow Him - and that is that those whom He has called into "full-time" service should be supported by the saints. Paul says:

"Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple?" (I Cor. 9:11).

That Paul refused to enforce this ordinance because he did not want to suffer the humiliation of making a demand on the saints for support (which - again - he obviously felt he had a right to do, which they, because of a selfish spirit, were reluctant to offer) should not be construed as God's will in the matter. Again, God's will in this situation was very obvious -

"Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?

"EVEN SO HATH THE LORD ORDAINED THAT THEY WHICH PREACH THE GOSPEL SHOULD LIVE OF THE GOSPEL." (I Cor. 9:11-12)

Yet this is precisely what countless numbers of saints think and even preach today (i.e., that God's servants should derive their living by "making tents"). THEY DISCARD THE RULE AND ENFORCE THE EXCEPTION. There will be a reckoning some day, and on that day it will not go well for such people.

There are those, of course, who would retort, saying that God's servants should depend solely upon God in faith for their support, and unless they are willing to do so, they should not enter "full-time" service. One well-known writer says,

"... in spiritual work there is need for an unsettled income, because that necessitates intimate fellowship with God, constant clear revelation of His Will, and direct Divine support ... Utter dependence on God is necessary if the work is to be according to His Will, therefore God wishes His workers to be cast on Him alone for financial supplies, so that they cannot but walk in close communication with Him and learn to trust Him continually. A settled (i.e., regular) income does not foster trust in God and fellowship with Him ... The more unsettled (i.e., irregular) a worker's living is, the more he will be cast on God; and the more an attitude of trustful dependence on God is cultivated, the more spiritual the work will be ... If a worker receives a definite salary from man, the work produced can never be purely Divine."

It sounds so spiritual! - nonetheless, it's really nothing more than airy gibberish; but then this kind of "pseudo-spirituality" is easy for a man who was liberally supported for most of his life by a rich relative, which was the case in this particular instance. But where in the Word can such thinking be substantiated? - it can't! This is obviously not what First Corinthians chapter nine is saying! The fact of the matter is, these verses say the exact opposite! - and more than that, such thinking is elitist in the extreme. It flows from the same kind of spiritual asceticism which is so prominent in the Far East - a kind of elitism which subtly - and in a very clever, back-handed way - says that "full-time" workers are more "spiritual" than those saints who hold "regular" jobs. Isn't this what is being said here when this brother then goes on to say,

"If a man can trust God, let him go out and work for him; if not, let him stay at home."

What's he saying here? - that people who are not "full-time" workers are incapable of trusting the Lord? Yes, that's exactly what he is saying, his denials to the contrary notwithstanding. This is a kind of spiritual snobbery which says,

"I am better than you because I trust God for my needs and you don't."

This brother goes on to say,

"In God's Word we read of no ("full-time") worker asking for, or receiving a salary for his services."

What? This is nonsense! God did indeed make provision for his servants to receive salaries - that's what the tithe was all about. The law required all the children of Israel to set aside a tenth of all their income for those whom he had called into "full-time" service (i.e., the Levites):

"And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD.

"And as soon as the commandment (concerning the obligation of the tithe) came abroad, the children of Israel brought in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field; and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly. (Lev. 27:30 and 2 Chr. 3:15)

If this doesn't constitute a regular and well institutionalized dispensation of funds to God's "full-time" servants, then I don't know what does!

Naturally, this was meant to constitute a well-institutionalized, regular income for the "full-time" workers!!! To say anything else is to look at the color black and call it white.

There are some Christians, however, who say that we have been delivered from the Law, and hence we have been delivered from the obligation to tithe; therefore, the tithe is (in the "Age of Grace") nothing more than a "dead work." But once again, this is rubbish. This isn't what the Bible says. The law is not "dead" in this fashion. It has not passed away! Indeed, Jesus said,

"... it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. (Luke 16:17)

And, again,

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law ... For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Matt. 5:17-18)

Paul continues,

"... the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good ..." (Rom. 7:12)

It's simply that in ourselves and in our own strength we are unable to keep it:

"... For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Rom. 7:18-24)

But in saying this, Paul is not trying to imply that there is now no longer any need to honor the law - only that his hope in keeping the law (which he still calls "holy" and "good") is no longer in himself, but in the Lord Jesus Christ:

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit ... For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Rom. 8:1,3-4)

To say that the law has been set aside is so ridiculous that it's akin to arguing with someone about whether or not two plus two equals three. Have the Ten Commandments been set aside? - they're a part of the law. What about the commandment against adultery? against killing? against stealing? - have these commandments been set aside?

No, of course not!

Still, there are those who would answer that even if that portion of the law has not been set aside, surely that part of the law which was peculiar to Israel and the Jewish people (i.e., the Levitical Law) has been set aside - i.e., circumcision, the dietary laws, etc - and certainly the tithe falls into this division of the law. The fact of the matter is however, that the principle of the tithe precedes the law; that it reaches back to the patriarch Abraham - hundreds and hundreds of years before the Levitical Law was given through Moses on Sinai. (Hebrews 7:1-18)

Some, of course, will say, "I cannot afford to give." But such a statement is a sham. What it says is that you can afford to pay your rent, buy food, pay the gas and the electric bill, make payments on a car, keep up the payments on your visa and mastercard, pay to get on the internet, afford a computer, etc. - but you can't afford to give. Oh, really? Well, do you know what that means? - THAT GOD IS LAST PLACE IN YOUR LIFE. No matter how spiritual you sound, no matter how much "time" you give to the Lord, no matter how many people you counsel, no matter how often you preach the Gospel - GOD IS STILL LAST PLACE IN YOUR LIFE. You, of course, can get mad at us for saying this, but remember, it's not us with whom you someday will have to reckon, it's God. It's Him to whom you will have to someday give account!

There is a purpose to the tithe - and it has very little to do with God, and everything to do with you! The test is a measure of how much you are His servant! Remember what the "End of Days" is all about: it is, in a very real sense, a test concerning money. Money is, after all, the basis of Rev. 13:16-17:

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Rev. 13:16-17)

And the fact that we are evidently dealing with a form of "electronic" money here rather than paper money does not affect the substance of these verses at all. The bait that is built into Rev. 13:16-17 is the enticement of "buying and selling" - and this is, after all, what money is all about. The challenge that confronts Christians today (the "test" that is before them) is this: what makes Christians think that if they can't give ten percent of what they make now to the Lord, they will be able to give up their entire paycheck by not taking "the mark" ON THAT DAY?

YES, WE WANT ANTIPAS TO CONTINUE! YES, I WANT TO BEGIN WRITING AGAIN - but if Antipas is to go on, YOU MUST BECOME INVOLVED WITH US. And by "getting involved," we do not mean merely acting as an audience for us. We are not interested in creating an audience for what we have to say. Please do not be offended when I tell you that you do us no favor by subscribing to our websites and by reading our material; you are not flattering us by doing so.

There is a strange thing about Christians today: somehow or other they think that their only job is to act as an audience for God's ministers. They have an "audience mentality" - and they think by acting as an audience, they are doing their job! God's servants should be flattered that they listened. Listening is all that is required of those who have not been called into "full-time" service. It's enough that they listen, and God's servant should be grateful for that! But that's nonsense! You must get beyond merely reading our material - and you can begin first of all by giving to the ministry.

When you do so, your funds will be used to maintain our websites, pay the salaries of those who are on staff, and - hopefully - begin to free other "full-time" workers so that they can go out and teach what we are all about to you on a personal level - in your localities, and then move on. And that's the job of a "full-time" worker - not to do your job for you, but to "equip" you so that you can do those jobs. Believe me when I say, that no one is getting rich off Antipas.

In the Antipas Papers I wrote:

"The ANTIPAS PAPERS is first and foremost a call to action ... it's a call for you to get involved! And to do it NOW! - before it's too late. To wait is to make prophecy of no effect - after all, prophecy is meaningless to those who refuse to do anything about it. Prophecy is nothing more than a road sign telling us of the danger that's ahead and warning us to take corrective action BEFORE we get to the danger. If we do nothing until we finally get there, it will be too late. Thus, if the only reaction the ANTIPAS PAPERS can elicit from someone who has read the book is 'Wow! - what a wonderful book' - then we have utterly failed in what we set out to do, and that person has missed the point of the book altogether. Knowledge which does not produce action is worthless!"

And there is much to do! The Bible says:

"Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

"If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

"Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

"He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

"But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. (Ezekiel 33:2-6)

Yes, this no doubt includes us - but it also includes you!

GET INVOLVED NOW SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN ANEW AND AFRESH! WE NEED YOUR HELP IF WE ARE TO GO ON. THIS IS A TEAM EFFORT! WITHOUT YOUR REGULAR (MONTHLY) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, WE ARE STUCK.

As Paul said,

"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal (material) things? (I Cor. 9:9)

God bless you all,

S.R. Shearer
Antipas

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Below, please find a copy of the letter we sent out earlier today.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord:

This Tuesday we are scheduled to get our motor-home back from being repaired - for the second time. It has cost us an untoward amount of money to repair - most of which has come from those of YOU who have stood with us through this ordeal and have not succumbed to the temptation to believe that just because one meets difficulties in one's decision to obey the Lord, he is on the "wrong track." If such were the case, then the Apostle Paul should have remained home and not journeyed out into the Roman world preaching the precious Gospel of Salvation. The difficulties he met as recorded in the New Testament were legion - from being jailed to having the "sh-t" kicked out of him in Lystra.

However, I must report to you that we are leaving Centralia on the basis of a "hope and a prayer" because all of our funds, which were at one time considerable as a result of YOUR generosity, have been depleted getting the motor-home fixed up - a "hope and a prayer" that once again you will intervene to help us get on the road.

We have enough money to get up to Federal Way (just south of Seattle) where we will be working with a group of believers to start a "house-church" and prepare them to go out into the streets of Seattle with the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM." But after our arrival there, we will have expended most of our money. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO HANG ON THERE FOR A FEW MONTHS, AFTER WHICH WE WILL BE GOING DOWN TO CALIFORNIA TO PREPARE OTHERS IN THE SAME FASHION - AND FROM THERE TO CHICAGO WHERE THE ULTRA-RICH ARE GATHERING TO CARVE UP THE WORLD FOR THEIR BENEFIT.

WE WILL BE PROTESTING AGAINST THE OBSCENE ALLIANCE THE LEADERS OF OUR CHURHC HAVE MADE WITH THIS DESPICABLE GROUP OF ECONOMIC THUGS.

WE WILL BE MARCHING UNDER OUR BANNER:

THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT
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THE BUSINESS RIGHT
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THE POLITICAL RIGHT
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AN ALLIANCE MADE IN HELL

In addition, we plan to visit every place where so-called Christians gather together to promote the alliance of the church with the American New World Order System - for example, in Wisconsin where the church has allied herself with the Koch Brothers to rob the poor of what little they have left; at political demonstrations; at churches such as John Hagee's mega church in San Antonio, TX, etc.

In each and everyone of these venues we will pass out our DVDs, Antipas flyers, etc. showing the poor of the earth that God has NOTHING to do with the alliance that the church has made with the American New World Order System.

PRESS HERE TO SEE THE FLYER WE WILL BE PASSING OUT

We will keep you updated on a special area of the website; we will be filming what we are doing and posting it there.

We urge you to send whatever you can to:

Antipas Ministries
1112 Long Rd., #40
Centralia, WA 98531

Or support us through Paypal:

God bless all of you for having the courage to continue standing with us through all our difficulties.

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas

We need your help to spread the word concerning Antipas Ministries and the eschatological viewpoint it represents; WE NEED YOUR HELP BECAUSE WE DO NOT "LINK" WITH OTHER SO-CALLED "CHRISTIAN" WEBSITES which are, for the most part, "in the tank" insofar as their loyalty to the United States is concerned - a loyalty that has made them partners in the BLOODY trail the American military has left in its TERROR-RIDDEN rampage throughout the world, as well as making them partners in the abject poverty that American corporations have imposed on the peoples and nations the American military machine has ravaged - A BLOODY, TERROR-RIDDEN RAMPAGE THAT HAS TO A LARGE DEGREE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE NAME OF THE "PRINCE OF PEACE." [Please see our articles, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order," Inside the American New World Order System" and "The American Empire: The Corporate / Pentagon / CIA / Missionary Archipelago."]

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YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

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PS Have the courage of your convictions! Contribute to the ministry by making out a check to "Antipas Christian Ministry" and sending it to -

Antipas Ministries
1112 Long Rd., #40
Centralia, WA 98531

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We DESPERATELY need your continued SACRIFICIAL financial help. Time is short - and we need to be about the Lord's business as quickly as possible.

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