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Someone's been peeing in John's Cheerios again.  He's posted a couple of things about people pretending to be saved but they're not really saved according to John's guidelines.  I guess people are wondering how he manages to continue his ministry when he isn't converting anyone and I suppose he's gotten some emails or messages about it.  

Here's the long one if anyone wants to read it:

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Just to be clear, lest there be any misunderstanding...

Our Family, Missionary Ministry and Sending Church have taken a clear stand against those that carelessly seek quick professions of faith, claiming many "saved" without seeing the "fruits meet for Repentance," the "fruit of the Righteous," or "the Fruit of the Spirit," (those are all Bible quotes) evidencing Biblical Conversion as outlined in I John and throughout the New Testament.

I thank the Lord that my father (and Pastor) Rick-Jodi Shrader saw this error many many years ago, and my own careful study of the clear distinctions of the Gospel Jesus preached to the lost as recorded in the Bible has only CEMENTED my CONVICTION about a CAREFUL and BIBLICAL Gospel, as contrasted to the "1-2-3, pray with me, 4-5-6, hope it sticks, 7-8-9, let's try another time" approach by many today (I add, 10-11-12, two-fold more the child of hell").

Being here in Africa, seeing just how easy it is to get someone to pray a prayer of salvation, even when seeking to be careful with souls, only drove me deeper into the Word to make sure I was preaching what Jesus, the Apostles and the Prophets preached about Salvation being only though the Righteousness of God found only in The Lord Jesus Christ, from Job, to Isaiah, to the New Testament, but that it is not merely just a head acceptance, and there is a cost! Jesus literally told the lost to "count the cost" - Luke 14:28 (read the whole chapter and see who Jesus was preaching to!).

Like Finney popularized, an astounding number today seem to focus on Decisionism based on Emotionalism, and call that "Evangelism", but using Acts 2:42 as an outline among other passages, and noting that the Beloved Apostle John, under Inspiration, gave us I John 2:19 as a benchmark:

"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us."

Many today, whether Missionary or Pastor, seem almost completely unconcerned when their "converts" fall away, fail to continue, or even go back to their sin or false doctrine... permanently, with no chastening by God (see Hebrews 12:5-13), or conviction at all.

It used to shock me, then sicken me, now... having seen so much, not only during my more than a Decade of Pastoring in America, but now as a Called and Local-Church only Sent Missionary of more than 10 years (8.5 full time on the field here in Africa), now, it just deeply saddens me.

At our church plant here in Kafue, and also at an attempted church plant in Mutaneka Village, we have also seen such things as false professions (probably mostly due to me being a White American, sad to say), but we take them VERY seriously, call the wayward to Biblical Repentance and Restoration, and if that is Rejected, then they are Removed from Church Membership, following carefully the Command of Christ and the Clarifications given by Inspiration in Corinthians (I Cor. 5).

We are not playing a game here. We take the weight of Responsibility in Representing those that partner with us very seriously. "Repentance towards God and Faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ" is so important that we have been slandered, falsely accused, and lost "friends" (even some I thought were by closest friends in the world), and also support over preaching EXACTLY what Jesus and the Apostles and Prophets preached, DIRECTLY from the Bible.

I just want to be extremely clear.

No relationship, friendship, support or anything is worth more than the Plain and Precious Words of The Living God.

If you have any questions at any time, you are welcome to contact me through Messenger, my email (if you don't know it, message me and I'll send it) or if in the States, you can text me or leave a Voice mail at: 281-930-5676

You can also Whatsapp me at +260969508272

For Christ's Increase,

Bro. John Shrader

Biblical Baptist Local Church Sent Missionary

Zambia

Sub-Saharan Africa

And here's the latest one:

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I guess he could rationalize staying in Zambia forever if he has to have super-special rules for making sure no one is just pretending to be saved.  They have to mean it!  

Once again I just pause to consider how batcrap crazy John really is.

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Me thinks he has had his white missionary biblical whatever bottom severely slapped by a few contributors in America. 
 

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On 12/29/2022 at 5:59 PM, Xan said:

A "Rick" responded to the post with thanks.  I looked him up and he seems to have been a missionary in Romania until some time in the spring of 2021.  He's been located at different places in the US and is currently in Texas. 

Not wishing ill on  all the lovely Texans here, but you think you could just keep this guy? Or send him somewhere he and his ilk are less damaging and would just be laughed at? Romania is one of the last places in Europe people like this need to run "missions" to. First, it is quite religious enough, they've certainly all heard of Jesus, and they have better music - there is literally nothing these types can offer; second, the Romanians have suffered enough from the homegrown forced-birthers, and the money, resources and influence of US style forced birthers is the last thing they need. I guess for these people, the Ceaucescu orphanages are a dream come true.

I know, you all have enough to deal with, without another overly confident, ill-informed wanker running around; maybe he could join Jodi whatisname in Glasgow or  somewhere. Or Ireland - they have a very low tolerance for this sort of shit. 

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I’ve not looked in on Jody Hodnett for a long time however seeing his name mentioned reminded me. I hopped off and found him. The family are in the US now. Staying there to beg (my word) for money for 6 months and to check in on his mother who is now in a home. They are due back in Scotland in February. They are hoping to start two new ‘churches’ or whatnot. One in Thornhill in Dumfries ( my cousin and his family lived there for years)! On the borders. Also one in Castle Douglas. Jody has chosen places away from large Scottish cities. Small places. Hmmmm easy soul winning, good local food?  The money from home must have dried up due to Covid. I’m guessing the easy life the Hodnetts were living suddenly became harder.  He was Driving whilst talking to a Pastor somebody who made a joke about crashing. Jody pulled up. Jody lurves America but can’t wait to be back in Scotland. He named three folk of the Eight who were attending his services before he left for the US on deputation and asked Pastor somebody (can’t remember his name) to pray for them. Hope they don’t mind being called out on his video.  Two young men who drive X ( the sound was a bit iffy) miles each Sunday to preach in his absence. He didn’t name them. 

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John's latest "Prayer Report". 

It's a lot. Poor Ruth. 

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Somebody really needs to tell him how distracting his stupid highlights are! Poor Ruth. I hope she sees through him quickly. 

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Agree on the highlighting. I don’t suppose we could bribe one of the kids to disable the highlighting tool in John’s software. Is there some rhyme or reasons to blue vs. yellow highlights, or is the color choice random? 

That “Satanic attack” sounds more like a medical emergency. Didn’t anyone consider taking Ruth to a doctor? 

His enthusiasm for a radio station has lasted longer than most of his brilliant ideas. In the unlikely event this dream materializes, how does he propose to fill a full schedule of programming? I was going to ask how he proposes to pay for it, but the answer to that is self-evident - he’ll find a suitable sucker donor. 

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On 1/7/2023 at 2:57 PM, Xan said:

He's posted a couple of things about people pretending to be saved but they're not really saved according to John's guidelines.

And this is why John and Jill Rodrigues would be such a fascinating match-up. I would love to see those two go toe to toe in a church ring. If someone doesn't frown when handed a tract, Jill counts that as a win. 3 minutes in a laundromat reciting the sinner's prayer and cha-ching the tally gets marked on her salvation score-board.

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Another update from John

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The Pastor of one of our Supporting Churches contacted me today.

The message he sent really touched me, and I thought back to when I was a pastor for over 10 years in the US. This would have been a great way to keep our missionaries before the people and challenge them to truly pray.

What great ideas, and blessed us immensely!

"Greetings my brother! I just wanted to let you know that you are one of our "Missionaries of the Week!" Tonight everyone in our Mid-week service will receive your latest prayer letter, we will read it publicly, then pray over it and then challenge our folks to pray for you, your family and your ministry every day for the next week. We sure do love and appreciate you all and all that you do for our Lord."

To recap, they:

(1) Hand out copies of the Missionary Prayer Letter to those that come to the Mid-Week Service

(2) Read the Praise & Prayer Letter publicly

(3) Pray over the Prayer Requests in the Letter

(4) Challenge the church folks to pray for the Missionary, his Family and their Ministry "EVERY DAY for the next WEEK!"

To top it all off, the Senior Pastor himself directly reached out and contacted me to let us know this, and personally encouraged us. It's honestly easier in our day and age than ever before, with instant messaging, texting and/or email! It is ALWAYS a blessing to hear from the Pastor, and we have several regularly contact us! One even sends us birthday greetings to each member of our family, using my Stateside SMS service. You can actually send me a regular text to: 281-930-5676 and it will forward your sms or voice-mail to me here in Zambia!

Anyways...

Wow.

Just...

Wow.

Blessed by such Care-filled Prayerful encouragement...

Bro. John for Esther, the Kiddos & The Team

Zambia

Sub-Saharan Africa

Some thoughts. 

The pastor sent a 4 sentence note to John: A greeting. A heads up. The content. A thank you. 

John had to recap this e-mail with 4 points himself. I think he thinks that if he's not saying it, it doesn't get understood. He just loves the sound of his own voice. Or his own words as it were. 

Secondly, it occured to me, the supporting churches don't get any benefit for supporing a missionary. No return on investmeny. What's the point? Other than thinking it gets them heaven points for supporting someone who is theoretically creating more Christians. And we know John is not a success in that area. So why continue to support him? I don't get it. 

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On 1/25/2023 at 9:56 PM, NoneIsEnough said:

Secondly, it occured to me, the supporting churches don't get any benefit for supporing a missionary. No return on investmeny. What's the point? Other than thinking it gets them heaven points for supporting someone who is theoretically creating more Christians. And we know John is not a success in that area. So why continue to support him? I don't get it. 

Colonialistic performative christianity. They get to feel good in fulfilling "The Great Commission*" while not having to leave their creature comforts. 

*There's a verse in the christian bible where Jesus tells his followers to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

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