By Dr. Donald Whitchard
“Bless the LORD, o my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, o my soul, and forget not all His benefits, Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” – Psalm 103:1-5, NKJV
The last time I presented an article, I was doing pretty badly. I had no strength, was tired all the time, and the area around my kidneys were starting to hurt. I was sure I was facing the next step in my journey with renal failure, and that was the possibility of dialysis sometime in the future and being attached to a machine every three days to clean my blood. I was in a pretty depressing frame of mind and resigned to the probability that nothing would change, except for the promise of an eternity with my LORD, free from all of this world’s pains and sorrows. I do want to say how much I have appreciated your responses and prayers since telling you about my situation back last December. I had decided initially to take the summer off from writing and try and catch up with a lot of reading and study along with a quiet time before God as often as possible. Well, it seems that the LORD, in all His mercy and grace decided to change my plans.
I went to my family doctor and my kidney specialist a couple of weeks ago and received some of the best news I could get in regards to my situation. After a careful diagnosis, it seemed like the medication I was taking for blood pressure needed to be changed and that I no longer had to stick myself with a lancet to draw blood and read my sugar levels. My doctor told me that would no longer be needed as what diabetic symptoms I had were practically non-existent. Blood tests taken earlier showed that my kidney functions were stable and there was no need to see my doctor until December for a follow up. Everything was checking out positively and with a few days of regular sleep, I would be fine. I wish to tell you that we serve a God who indeed does heal and I’ve never felt better, Praise His Holy Name!
This past week I was able to go to the church gym and walk three miles without exhaustion and I went home feeling renewed. The urge to overeat and snack has gone and now I can resume the attempt to lose the weight necessary for further improvement. My doctor said that all I need to do is walk every day for an hour and the weight would come off gradually. I’ve been able to think more clearly and analyze issues without letting pure emotion and reaction get in the way. I’ve been able to concentrate on things and see that the history of the world as we know it is coming to a swift and climactic conclusion. Our Lord Jesus is at the front gate of heaven awaiting the signal to catch His children up in the air and take us home, something for which I have been waiting a long time (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-55; John 14:1-3) With what seems to be a renewal of strength and life on my part thanks to the touch of God, I would like to focus on further means of presenting the gospel aside from writing a column every week like I have been doing since last August.
I’ll still write and present an analysis of issues and events that affect the progression of the gospel and the relation each issue has to the prophetic narrative. Let’s look at the parade of clowns known as the Democratic candidates, for example. This week the mainstream media, in its fanatical attempts to sway public opinion towards what is essentially a turn towards what will be the inevitable globalist system and rejection of God, is trying to present the talking points of people who are essentially anti-God, anti–gun, anti-Israel, and all of whom fanatically endorse the mass murder of the unborn and newly born in an attempt to justify self-centeredness and the obvious lack of accepting responsibility for one’s actions, as well as champion the rights of people in this nation who are not citizens, yet are favored over the needs of veterans, the elderly, orphans, and those who legitimately need a safety net to get them on their feet and eventually contribute to the society’s well-being by doing something that progressives cannot stand, and that is work for a living without government interference. The bottom line is that this party of malcontents will not be satisfied until all opposition is silenced and all will bow to the state as the new religion who will decide who lives and who dies. This is the fruit of socialism that they won’t tell you about for fear that you’ll actually start to think instead of following the crowd to the globalist slaughterhouse.
While I’m frustrated and rightfully angry at the insane direction the thoughts of many are starting to turn, I’m even more frustrated at the established church who has suddenly woken up and realized that people aren’t coming to hear the great music, free coffee and snacks, uplifting messages that speak to needs, and plain goofy activities by well-meaning youth and children’s workers that keep the youngsters amused but leave them dangerously ignorant of why they should believe in the stories and teachings of Scripture, and then we wonder why they abandon the church as soon as they leave home. My denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, is now allegedly embracing the concepts of social justice, compromise with political issues, the teaming up of the financial agency known as the Cooperative Program with agencies that promote issues like open borders which are championed by people like George Soros, no friend to religion and who will probably be an advisor to the Antichrist once he’s on the world stage. The devil and his cronies are undermining the significance of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and giving us instead a steady diet of worldly opinions that substitute for the preaching of the Word of God in the pulpits of America. The denomination that I have been a part of for practically all of my life is going down the road of liberalism and eventual ineffectiveness for the kingdom of God, and will eventually have the word “Ichabod” painted across the doors of the SBC headquarters in Nashville.
Now that the LORD has renewed my strength and given me back my health, I cannot merely stand by and produce thoughts and observations to be published online exclusively. From the time I was born, I was called by Almighty God to serve Him as a minister of the gospel, and to preach the truths of Scripture and the exclusivity of salvation to be found only in the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I cannot stand by and watch this generation be swallowed by the beast of political correctness and the compromise of moral standards as established by the word of God. I cannot stand by and watch people by the thousands accept what passes for preaching on the media today that emphasizes health, wealth, and prosperity without the demands of discipleship and obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the horrific consequences of rejecting His offer of salvation in exchange for the dross of the world that they can’t take with them. These greedy, hell-bound televangelists who fleece the innocent and naïve, telling them that if they’ll “plant a seed” into the ministry, they’ll be blessed many times over is, quite frankly, a crock of dung and the only ones who are benefitting from this are the hucksters who try and justify why they need jet airplanes and mansions, which will all be burned up when the world is transformed by the Lord Jesus at the end of history. Where most of these snakes are going after death, jets, mansions, and cars will be just a memory as they suffer for eternity, guilty of prostituting the riches of the gospel for their own benefit. If you think I’m being harsh, just refer to Matthew 23. The pulpits of the American church are cursed with preachers who don’t believe, don’t preach about sin, the reality of heaven and hell, and don’t take into consideration that they will be held to a higher standard because they are charged with preaching the truth, whether people want to hear it or not.
I cannot stay in the comfort of my study and write about what I see are injustices done by and to the church every day and almost despair of life, or I can do what I was called to do, and that is to go the pulpits and places of this nation and wherever He may take me and preach the unvarnished truth of Scripture and stand for the glory of God, gird up, be a man of God, and stand on the absolute certainty that what we see here on this world will not last, and that people need to get right with God. I am taking up the mantle of evangelism and will go to any Bible-believing place of worship, regardless of the name on the door, and boldly proclaim the absolute fact that Jesus is coming and we’d better get ready for that day. We are running out of time and people need to get saved before all hell literally breaks loose on this world. There is a heaven to gain and a hell to avoid. Dear readers and brethren, this is where you come in. If you or your church would like for me to come and present the word of God and to see the power of God change people’s lives through the work of the Holy Spirit, then I ask that you contact me through my e-mail, pray fervently, and regardless of time, size, or place, I’ll come and preach the Word, help you witness to friends, neighbors, and family, and encourage you to keep looking up, for our redemption is drawing near. I want to get back in the action of the Great Commission and meet those of you who have written to encourage me and agree in the LORD that what has been presented on these sites needs to be proclaimed without fear or hesitation. If you or your church does contact me through my e-mail account, I’ll send you a copy of my resume and a biography that tells of my calling and of God’s direction on my life in both good and low points. I’m back in action and I’ll work in the fields until that great day of redemption comes ever more near. We’re in this together and together we will see that what He has planned will come to pass. I’m just glad to be back in the fight. I look forward to seeing you if not here, then in the courts of heaven. Amen. email@example.com.
Don was born and raised in the true Cajun Country of Louisiana. He holds a Bachelors Degree in History from Louisiana College, a Masters Degree in Christian Education from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Theology from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Georgia. Don has served as a pastor, interim pastor, high school teacher, and hospital chaplain over the past thirty years. He currently serves as a volunteer chaplain (2008-present) with St. Francis Hospital and also served as the pastor/teacher from 2013-2016 at the Gospel Rescue Mission, both of which are here in Muskogee. He was called to Meadowbrook in February 0f 2017 and began his ministry in March of that year. He has also served as President of the Muskogee Baptist Association’s Pastors Conference, which is a weekly meeting that presents speakers and ministry ideas and concepts to church leaders in the greater Muskogee area.
Don’s top priority is to see that the good news of Jesus Christ is shared with our lost and hurting world and that the people of God are taught sound doctrine and preparation for our Lord’s soon return.