Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:1-2
On February 5, 2016 I received at 3:14 pm an email from Paul McGuire Ministries titled URGENT PRAYER REQUEST FOR CHRISTIANS IN GRAVE DANGER!
Three hours later at 6:23 pm I received another email retracting the first message, which was entitled APOLOGY FROM PAUL MCGUIRE AND A CALL TO STAND! It would seem that the first email had been sent based on a hoax. Paul McGuire explained that in his zeal to help the persecuted church, he raced to get his information out. So what information did he get out?
LET’S MAKE THIS GO VIRAL AND RAISE UP A MILLION INTERCESSORS, CONTACT OUR REPRESENTATIVES AND STAND FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN JESUS CHRIST! LET US NOT REST UNTIL WE GET OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES AND THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE BODY OF CHRIST TO RISE AND DECLARE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE PERSECUTION, TORTURE, KILLING AND SEX SLAVERY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTER IN JESUS CHRIST. LET US BLOW THE TRUMPET TOGETHER! IT IS NO LONGER TOLERABLE FOR THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST TO BE BUTCHERED AND TORTURED BY THE FORCES OF SATANIC EVIL. “WHEN THE ENEMY COMES IN, LIKE A FLOOD THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL RAISE UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM.”
PAUL MCGUIRE read below- URGENT PRAYER REQUEST PRAY for the church in India which had 20 churches burned down last night. Tonight they want to destroy more than 200 churches in the Olisabang province. They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours and all Christians are hiding in villages!! Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know. Ask God to have mercy on our brothers and sisters in India. When you receive this message, please urgently send it to other people. Please pray for the 22 Christian Missionary families sentenced to be executed by Islamists in Afghanistan. Please PASS this as fast as you can so that many will pray!!! Just received this from a Pastor in Las Vegas. Love, Pastor Pat Cross
The first thing I notice in this message is that there is nothing which appears to stand as documented proof of the claims made, such as a copy of an actual news report from India, or the actual names and locations of the churches or their pastors. It is clearly a Chain Letter which had been sent out to test whether the Recipient has the hasty spirit of a Talebearer. While Paul McGuire has defended his tale bearing hasty spirit as being that of a man zealous for the persecuted church, he seems to have forgotten whose Name he invokes when he commits this sin. Ever ready to give the sacrifice of fools as Senior Pastor of the Mailbox Church, Paul McGuire seems to think that a million intercessors who contact the UN have more persuasive power with Jesus Christ than the lone voice of a persecuted Christian who is the actual victim undergoing acute suffering.
You will notice that Paul McGuire quotes scripture without letting the reader know where he can find the exact location of this verse. If we turn to Isaiah 59:19 in a King James Holy Bible, we read So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Paul McGuire quoted from the second half of this verse, and left out the part about fearing the name of the LORD and his glory. Now why would he do that in his pious zeal for the persecuted? He also places a comma in a place which alters the meaning of the verse. He has the word flood, which references the actions of the enemy, to refer instead to the spirit of the LORD.
Isaiah 59:19 is set against a backdrop of The Intercessor, the Redeemer of Israel. This chapter begins as a chastisement from the LORD, and ends in hope of redemption: “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity: your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. None calleth for justice…..And judgment is turned away backward…and he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him: and his righteousness, it sustained him”. (Isaiah 59:1-3, 4a,14a,16). It will profit you, dear Reader, if you read the entire chapter for yourself and ponder the contrast between man as intercessor, and the LORD’s Redeemer, who brings true righteousness and justice.
At the end of Paul McGuire’s newsletters, he always displays this request for donations:Paul McGuire was willing to issue a quick apology for encouraging his readers to believe a false report whose foundation was nothing but a Chain Letter-Pass the False News on urgently request. However, he has never apologized to the author of this blog for the false accusation he made, nor has he provided documentation to this blog that he fulfils the scriptural definition of a pastor of a local church. Never mind that he can pull the wool over the eyes of the IRS, what does God think about all of this?
Paul McGuire will be speaking at the Hear The Watchmen conference in Dallas in March. The day after he speaks, he will be speaking at yet another conference. The Christian Alternative Media is known for their Revolving Door Speaker’s Club, as amply illustrated by this particular conference. However, as Knights of the Order of the Hasty Talebearers and Hirelings All, no doubt their Crusade is designed to test which one can be first in line for the All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. When they saddle for battle as commanded, it may be difficult for them to get this Battle of the Bulge through the revolving door of the conference hotel as quickly as Knights should.
Who better to illustrate how the church has gotten in bed with the world due to their failure to repent and stand for righteousness, than the Crusaders in this photo? The Go-Fund-Me page of Mike Whitestone says, The Watchmen Need You. You bet they do. Remember, it is not really you they need, it is your hard earned money. Are you willing to offer the sacrifice of fools, also?